Pittsburgh Penguins: Free Agency Nears – 5 Options for the Pens in a Weak Market

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Apr 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman

Paul Martin

(7) shoots as New York Rangers center

Derek Stepan

(21) and defenseman

Ryan McDonagh

(27) and goalie

Henrik Lundqvist

(30) defend the net during the first period in game four of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Martin

That’s right, I’m officially beginning my Paul Martin back to Pittsburgh chant.

I know, the Pittsburgh Penguins are invested in their youth, and I’ve been one of the many screaming for it to happen. But, again, what if Pouliot gets traded? What if Kris Letang isn’t able to stay healthy?

The truth is, there are better options out there like Cody Franson. But, he is going to start a bidding war that the Pens just can’t get involved in. Paul Martin is also reportedly drawing interest from half the league as we near the opening of free agency, but at his age the price will likely stick in the $5 million range. The issue here is term.

If the Pens can sign Martin to a 2-year deal worth $5 million annually, I say it’s a no-brainer. It isn’t likely, but I’m going to remain hopeful that if Pouliot is on the market, there’s a backup plan like Martin or Green in the works.

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