December 10, 2010 6:00 pm

Martinez making case to stay around

Following up on the talk of defensemen from the previous post, things continue to hum along for rookie defenseman Alec Martinez. After his one-goal, one-assist effort against Detroit, Martinez had his ice time increased by nearly four minutes on Thursday against Calgary, and Terry Murray isn’t only pleased with Martinez’s offensive potential. Not long ago, it would hav been safe to guess that Martinez would be the odd man out when Willie Mitchell returned, but would you make that bet now? Probably not. Murray had strong praise for Martinez after today’s practice…

MURRAY: “He’s getting better every time he’s on the ice, I think. His awareness is really improved. His body positioning and low play has improved dramatically from last year, and he’s got great ability to carry the puck, with his speed, quickness, good first stride. He’s getting better, as I say. Every time he’s in the lineup, I’m seeing improvement in areas of his game.”

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