The Maple Leafs have signed Matt Martin to a four-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Martin, 27, has missed just 11 games in the last five years while averaging seven goals and seven assists per season. However, that’s not where his value lies. Since his first full NHL season in 2011-12, Martin leads the NHL in hits with 1714, which is 370 more than second (Cal Clutterbuck)—1714 hit equates to 4.7 hits per game.
Matt Martin (Chances of being around on Opening Day: 80%)- After playing the most games out of any candidate with the big club last year (68), you would have to think he has the upperhand on everyone else
Martin posted 147 PIM and more importantly 300 hits in his 68 games played last season. If your league counts hits, he should provide a decent player on your left side.