Yeah, tough break for Marty. The hit didn't look horribly bad...a big hit, but I wouldn't have thought it was concussion big. He also sustained a concussion in the Worlds tournament during the offseason, didn't he? He better be careful.
Too bad...if he could have only stayed healthy, he'd probably still be an Islander, and I think our D would have been better for it. A healthy Marty is probably better than at least three of our current D. He and Witt were a pretty darn good shutdown pair in the Nolan days.
The guy has been cursed. Absolutely unreal. As an Isles fan, I was shocked seeing people on here wanting to bring him back in a trade. As long as he's healthy, he can help us. Sadly, that is the #1 issue with him and that cannot be ignored.
Also as an Isles fan, you cannot help but feel for this guy. He was a good Islander and did the organization proud.
Anyone remember that game against the Canucks sometime in 2003 when a game-tying/winning goal was taken away by a injured Martinek down on the ice?
This poor man is cursed. Good player and great person.
That was a pretty infamous moment, it occurred during the peak ERA of the NHL conspiracy theories. It was one of the few times I honestly believed something was fishy, remember the Rangers were very much in contention for the postseason at that point. The replays clearly showed the up ice official who I believe was either Koharski or Devorski watching the play and without a doubt seeing Martinek go down and be down for several seconds, however; he did not blow the play dead til he saw Bates had scored, even though he had easily 3-5 seconds before this to blow the play dead. It was widely criticized on many merssage boards for days of being a Bettman order to get the Rangers into the playoffs. Thankfully the Isles overcame it but it was I believe a game tying goal with about 2 minutes left.