Paul Martin has fractured tibia, will miss 4-6 weeks for hurting Penguins

Martin leads the Pittsburgh skaters in time on ice per game. (USATSI)
Martin leads the Pittsburgh skaters in time on ice per game. (USATSI)

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The Pittsburgh Penguins haven't been receiving a lot of good news lately. Wednesday was no exception.

On Wednesday head coach Dan Bylsma announced that defenseman Paul Martin has a fractured tibia and is going to miss 4-6 weeks of action.

Martin suffered the broken leg while breaking a shot on Monday night in Boston. The amazing part? Martin actually kept playing the rest of the game on said broken leg. This is example No. 1,789 or so (I lost count) of hockey players being ridiculously tough.

Martin has been a huge factor for the Penguins and his absence will certainly be felt. He is averaging a team-high 25:17 of ice time per game this season and has two goals and nine assists in 23 games, also most among the defensemen on the team (equal to Matt Niskanen). While Rob Scuderi has been injured and Kris Letang hasn't been producing like last season, Martin has been able to pick up some of the slack and then some. He has been a key part of both Pittsburgh's power play and penalty kill.

Martin is also a very likely candidate to make the American national team for the Olympics in February. He missed the 2010 Games because of injury but fortunately it doesn't look like this will cost him a trip to Sochi. Even at the long end of the recovery timeline, Martin should be back in early January, more than enough time to get up to speed for the Games, assuming he's included on the roster when it's announced Jan. 1.

This is just the latest setback for the Penguins. Earlier this week it was announced Beau Bennett is going to miss 8-10 weeks and already Tanner Glass, Chuck Kobasew, Scuderi and Tomas Vokoun are out for some time. Good thing the Penguins play in the Metropolitan Division.

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