The 33-year-old veteran, who had 4 objectives and 6 factors throughout three collection for Vegas, revealed the damage at a pivotal time, as he is about to hit unrestricted free company subsequent month and is bound to draw curiosity on the open market after concluding a six-year, $24 million contract.
Whereas there are different big-name, big-money defensemen on Vegas’ roster, corresponding to Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore, Martinez, who through the workforce’s remaining media availability didn’t say when the damage occurred, developed right into a mannequin of consistency for the Golden Knights after he gained two Stanley Cup titles with the Los Angeles Kings.
And he is mastered the artwork of taking part in in ache. Regardless of the damage, he managed to common 22:34 of ice time this postseason.
“I clearly could not discuss it a lot,” Martinez stated. “I touched on our medical employees: They did an unimaginable job caring for me day in and day trip.”
Although the ice time is spectacular, and the scoring is a bonus for a high-powered workforce like Vegas, Martinez’s true energy lies within the defensive zone. Although he could get caught by somebody within the Stanley Cup finals, he’s at the moment the postseason chief in blocked pictures with 72.
“When it comes to my each day routine, it was a whole lot of relaxation and staying off it, and simply managing the swelling and all that,” he stated. “I could not have accomplished it with out our medical employees. I sound like a damaged file, however they had been fairly unimaginable. I am very grateful to them to have the ability to handle one thing and put me ready the place I might go compete with the fellows taking part in one of the best time of the yr.”
Many groups can be available in the market for a defense-first blueliner who can add offensive punch right here and there. Plus, Martinez is a confirmed playoff performer and that is seemingly his final probability at a big-time deal. So, the damage performs into his summer time plans, for positive.
“I will be fairly trustworthy, I have never actually considered it that a lot. I am clearly conscious I’m a UFA, however clearly the loss remains to be fairly recent, only a couple days in the past,” he stated when requested about his subsequent deal. “I do not actually know but. We’ll see what occurs.”
The Knights — what with their high-priced roster and several other gamers already locked up long run — will look to open up some salary-cap room subsequent month, which can clear the way in which for an additional workforce to land Martinez.
Because it stands, the Knights have 22 gamers beneath contract for subsequent season with beneath $3 million in open cap area — most of it coming from Martinez ($4 million common annual worth) and Tomas Nosek ($1.25 million AAV) hitting free company.
They’ve 5 gamers hitting unrestricted free company after subsequent season in Reilly Smith, Ryan Reaves, Brayden McNabb and Nick Holden. Marc-Andre Fleury, who was with out query their MVP within the common season, and Robin Lehner have a mixed $12 million cap hit in internet, placing them on the very excessive finish of goaltender funding within the NHL.
And all of that wage — and their many strikes of their 4 seasons as an NHL workforce — haven’t amounted to a Stanley Cup but, although the Knights have superior to the postseason in all 4.
“Sadly, we got here up brief, however we’re actually shut,” Martinez stated. “I believe a bounce right here or there, perhaps a pair further objectives. The one factor I’ve type of discovered in the event you win the entire thing, you are going to want luck alongside the way in which.
“I believe we did a whole lot of actually good issues. You do not get that far with out taking part in good hockey.”