The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Paul Martin
to a five-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
The contract runs through the 2014-15 season, and has an average annual value of $5 million dollars over the term of the contract.
Martin, 29, played six seasons with New Jersey after the Devils selected him in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Martin has 26 goals, 137 assists, 163 points and a plus-55 rating in 400 career games, and 16 points (2G-14A) in 42 postseason contests.
Martin (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) notched two goals, 11 points and a plus-10 rating in 2009-10 despite missing 59 games with a broken forearm. He returned to finish the season, and made five postseason appearances.
Martin was selected to play for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, but missed the tournament due to injury. He represented his country in the 2004 World Championships, 2004 World Cup and 2001 World Junior Championships.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota native played three collegiate seasons at the University of Minnesota. Martin helped the Golden Gophers to consecutive NCAA Championship titles in 2002 and 2003, and a WCHA Playoff Championship in 2003. He notched 20 goals, 77 assists and 97 points during his college career.