Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.

The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).

Read on past the jump for more.

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Should the Edmonton Oilers re-sign Richard Bachman?

Jonathan Willis
June 18 2015 08:00AM


One of the names that occasionally comes up in these parts is that of Richard Bachman, who has been a faithful servant of the Oilers’ organization. He’s offered Oklahoma City reliable netminding and Edmonton a capable No. 3 goalie over two years with the franchise. Should he be back for a third campaign?

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Markstrom or Lack?

Jason Gregor
June 17 2015 06:05PM

The Canucks will trade either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom.

Who will be a better goalie? 

Will the Canucks keep the better goalie, or will they pull a Toronto Maple Leafs (trade Rask, keep Pogge) and move the wrong one?

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June 17 2015 05:58PM

I usually write this once a year but people email many times over a 12-month period mad as hell about the scouts and forgetting the injuries. When I do bring this subject to the fore, the reaction is often 'apologist' or 'you love Stu' or 'get over your Pouliot fixation!' and that's all fair.

Fair as well to discuss prospects and the impact injuries have on them in the days before and after they are drafted. The list is long and unforgiving for all involved.

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Buying Out Nikitin

Matt Henderson
June 17 2015 04:10PM

Later tonight the window for NHL buyouts opens up. That window opens 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded and will close before free agency so any club who needs to buy out a player will be on the clock soon.

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