“It wasn’t healing and we needed surgery,” Martin says, “He told me, ‘If you had come to me right away, I would have given you the option to have surgery and you would have been back in six weeks.’ And I probably would have been fine for the Olympics. So we wasted all that time. At that point, I would rather not have heard that.” The U.S. men won silver in a thrilling gold-medal game against Canada — without Martin.
He left New Jersey after the 2009-10 season in hopes of winning a Stanley Cup, but his free-agency options dwindled down to two teams: the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins. He chose the Penguins, who were only a year removed from winning the 2009 Stanley Cup.
At each of his stops, Martin learned something about himself. In New Jersey, for the first 38 games, his defensive partner and road roommate was Scott Stevens, who taught him what it took to be a pro. (Stevens would stop playing mid-season and eventually retire as he dealt with post-concussive symptoms). Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson was Martin’s position coach. The blue line also featured Scott Niedermayer and Brian Rafalski.
“If you were a young defenseman in the league, there was nowhere better to learn,” Martin said.
If Denver trades back with Buffalo, Hernandez could be the pick at No. 22.
The Jaguars, a team not used to picking so late in the first round, are expected to look at three positions: offensive guard, receiver and tight end. Oregon guard Tyrell Crosby, Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk and South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst are the three I believe they’ll consider most at those positions.
The Eagles would like to trade out of the 32nd overall pick. They like Kolton Miller, but he won’t be available. They will consider running backs Derrius Guice and Sony Michel but would rather move back into Round 2 in order to take them.