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Breaking: 300+ point defenseman officially made available on the trade market

NHL GMs across the league have been notified of his availability.

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More and more teams are opening their shops as trade deadline approaches, adding more and more names to the trade market. One new name that has surfaced according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is Paul Martin, defenseman for the San Jose Sharks.

"Paul Martin has been hurt a lot of this year. He's back, he's healthy. They've got 8 defensemen," Friedman said. "He's got one more year at $4.85 (million) against the cap. But I do think San Jose is trying to find him another spot in the NHL - and there are people who believe he can still help someone."

The 36-year-old missed most of the first half of the season due to injury, but has been a regular healthy scratch since his return. The chemistry on the blue line had already been established, leaving little space for the veteran.

With 318 points and 859 games to his resume, he has some proven success, proving to be one of the key parts of the Sharks' Stanley Cup run that nearly saw them win it all against the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2015-16.

Drafted 62nd overall in 2000, Martin has seen time with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins before eventually signing as a free agent with the Sharks.

OTHER TRADE NEWS 

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has decided to cool the jets on trade talks, preferring to wait this out a bit more before making any serious deals.

The New York Rangers are starting to make more calls, potentially looking to make a hockey deal beyond rentals, in other words, they may look to trade some of their big names still on contract.

The Montreal Canadiens have several names on the trade block - Andrew Shaw, Michael McCarron, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty, and Alex Galchenyuk. There are probably other names, but they haven't officially surfaced yet.

One landing spot for Pacioretty? Nashville, with his old "friend" P.K. Subban. Wouldn't that be interesting.