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Martin, 31, will now likely finish his career with the New York Islanders

In his weekly “31 Thoughts” column at SportsNet, Elliotte Friedman shared that “Matt Martin’s extension hasn’t been announced, but word is that it’s a bit of a surprise — reflective of the loyalty the Islanders feel to him.”

Arthur Staple followed that report with additional information, reporting the deal will be for four years at $1.5 million AAV.

Martin was originally a fifth round pick (#148 overall) by the Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 692 career regular season games for the Isles and Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2019, Martin married Sydney Esiason, the daughter of former Bengals and Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason.


Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.