Contribution by Allan Chow (not yours truly). Thanks Allan !!
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward, 27 year old, Matt Martin to a 4 year $10 million dollar contract.
Martin, formerly of the Islanders, has 42 career goals in 438 games.
He made his mark as an NHLer by being the league’s hit leader.
At 6’3 and 220 pounds, the big left winger from Windsor totalled 365 hits last year and has 2023 total hits in his 6 year career.
He adds a needed physical presence to a lineup that will be young and probably will have many smaller players.
In Lou Lamoriello’s presser, he explained Martin had good size and speed and the coaching staff liked him. He should be a good fit.
Martin has averaged around 11 minutes of ice time and that should continue with the Leafs, as Lamoriello stated “Matt was brought into play a similar role as he did with the Islanders. We need a strong 4th presence and we got one of the best”.
For the stat geeks, Martin had a PDO, which is the sum of shooting percentage and save percentage, of 101 last year which is a very good number. Maybe it reflects good luck on his part, but still, a strong number that probably caught the eye of Leafs analytics.
His other possession numbers such as Corsi and Fenwick, were just under 50%, about an average, slightly below average NHLer.
It’s a solid signing that fills a Leaf need. It was a very low key deal compared to the 6-7 year deals thrown around earlier.
All in all, this is just a piece as part of a bigger plan. Exactly what we expected from Leafs Management.