Veteran defenseman Martin open to contract talks with Penguins

| Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 11:12 p.m.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford signed goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to a contract extension last week. If Rutherford wants to talk contract with defenseman Paul Martin, the GM will have that opportunity.

Martin's agent, Ben Hankinson, told the Tribune-Review that Martin is “committed to playing hockey” right now, but the defenseman is “open to contract talks as long as they aren't a distraction to the team.”

Martin, 33, makes $5 million annually and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

“There is no time frame right now,” Martin said. “I'm focusing on the season. I'm sure we'll come to it.”

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