Matt Martin taking ‘big step’ with Maple Leafs

Matt Martin taking ‘big step’ with Maple Leafs

Left wing Matt Martin signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday and said he is looking forward to joining one of the most storied franchises in the NHL.

Martin, 27, spent his first seven NHL seasons with the New York Islanders after being picked in the fifth round (No. 148) of the 2008 NHL Draft. He admitted the decision to leave New York wasn’t easy, and dealing with unrestricted free agency for the first time struck a few nerves.

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