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New York Islanders: The Evolution of Matt Martin

New York Islanders: The Evolution of Matt Martin

New York Islanders, Matt Martin

The New York Islanders drafted Matt Martin in the 5th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, Matt Martin has been the staple/identity of Islanders’ hockey. Hard-hitting, physical forechecking, and a lot of chirping. Martin has grown as a player since being drafted. He went from a head-hunting enforcer to a “get in front of the net” grinder. Not only has this change impacted the Islanders positively, but also added years to his career.

Young Matt Martin played a lot like Ross Johnston does. Both of them are big bodies who stuck up for their best players. For Martin, it was John Tavares, for Johnston, it is Mat Barzal. Don’t get me wrong, Martin is still an enforcer, but he’s an offensive enforcer.

Barry Trotz has made Martin an offensive threat for the first time in his whole career. Matt Martin currently has four playoff goals, and all of them were “clutch” goals. Having a 4th liner who can score along with creating opportunities through the forecheck is huge. He can still deliver the big hits too, but not as frequent. My only criticism is that he takes bad penalties at bad times. Too many stick infractions in the closing minutes of the third. Other than that, Martin is a great player.

Sadly, Matt Martin’s contract is over with the Islanders after the season ends. Since the Islanders have to sign Mat Barzal, Devon Toews, and Ryan Pulock, the chance that Martin gets resigned is very slim. I would keep Martin over Johnston, though.

There’s no reason to break up that 4th line chemistry just because there’s a younger version of young Matt Martin. Martin should command $ 2-$ 2.5 million in free agency, close to Johnston’s contract. I’m not saying get rid of Johnston for Martin, but if that’s how it has to happen, that’s how it must happen. The 4th line is crucial to the Islanders’ success, it’s the entire identity of who the Islanders are. The Islanders must keep Martin somehow.

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2020 – Argentina – La Plata – Plaza San Martin – Monument to General José de San Martín

2020 – Argentina – La Plata – Plaza San Martin – Monument to General José de San Martín
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Image by Ted’s photos – For Me For You
Hey, we are in La Plata’s Plaza San Martin. Guess what, it has a Monument to General José de San Martín.

The bronze equestrian statue depicts General San Martin waving the flag. At his feet a woman (the grateful Republic) holds out a laurel wreath, next to a crest with the arms of Argentina.

The monument is a replica of the one in Boulogne-sur-Mer where San Martin died.

The monument was sculpted by Emile Allouard and architect G. Bouzy.

25 April, 1914, President Victorino de la Plaza inaugurated the monument in the center of the plaza. At that time the place was renamed “Plaza General San Martín”.

San Martín is regarded as a national hero of Argentina and Peru, and one of the Liberators of Spanish South America.

The Order of the Liberator General San Martín (Orden del Libertador General San Martín), created in his honor, is the highest decoration conferred by the Argentine government.

In 1848 San Martin moved to Boulogne-sur-Mer, a small city in northern France. He was almost blind and had many health problems because of his advanced age.
Shortly after receiving the news of the Argentine victory against the Anglo-French blockade, San Martin died at 3 AM 17 August 1850.

29 May, 1880,San Martín’s remains were repatriated to Argentina. The mausoleum was placed inside the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. As San Martín was suspected of being a freemason, the mausoleum was placed in an expanded wing of the Cathedral.