Breaking: Today's waiver action hints at imminent trade!

See what teams are in the mix.

Share on Facebook

Veteran defenseman Paul Martin was not claimed off waivers on Tuesday, and it may surprise a few reporters like Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston.

He believed that the Boston Bruins should submit a claim to pickup Martin off waivers as the team has  been interested in adding left shooting defenseman to play 20 minutes a game and a pair with Charlie McAvoy. 

"Why not pick up Martin for nothing aside from his contract when he’s been a Top 4 defenseman his entire career rather than trade for a guy like that’s never averaged 20 minutes per game during his entire NHL career?" Haggerty wrote.

The biggest issue has been Martin’s cap hit: he carries a $4.185 million cap hit through next season and some teams might not be willing to take that huge of a risk…

In the end, Boston did not move to claim him off the waiver wire - or any other team for that matter - and now many believe Martin may be included in a trade, that could take place sooner than later. 

The Bruins might be waiting until the Feb. 26 trade deadline is just around the corner to make a move to bolster their back end. The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals are also said to be on the lookout for a veteran blue liner to enter the playoff run. 

In 81 games last season, Martin scored four goals and added 22 assists while logging 19:14 per game.