Chicago Blackhawks Expected to Sign Alec Martinez

The Chicago Blackhawks are adding to their blueline, as they will sign defenseman Alec Martinez to a one-year deal, as reported by NHL insider Bob McKenzie. 

Martinez, 36, entered this offseason as a retirement candidate, but he will instead continue his career as a nice veteran presence for the Blackhawks' rebuild. The 2007 fourth-round pick will likely serve as a leader in the room while also being a steady part of their defensive group. 

Martinez spent this past season with the Vegas Golden Knights, where he had four goals to go along with 17 points and a minus-2 rating. He also appeared in six playoff games for the Golden Knights, where he was held off the scoresheet and a posted a minus-2 rating.

Martinez should compete for top-four minutes while with the Blackhawks. In addition, he will also be a candidate for their penalty kill.

Overall, bringing in Martinez is a low-risk move for the Blackhawks. It is no question that they more veterans in their room as they continue their rebuild, and it will be fun to see how much of an impact he makes for them from here.

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