Alec Martinez signed a three-year, $15.75 million contract on Wednesday to stay with the Vegas Golden Knights. It has an average annual value of $5.25 million.
The 34-year-old defenseman scored 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 53 regular-season games with the Golden Knights last season, and six points (four goals, two assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“I think this is an incredible hockey club,” Martinez said after the Golden Knights were eliminated in the Stanley Cup Semifinals in six games against the Montreal Canadiens. “It’s a great group of guys and there’s a lot of talent in the room. The one thing that I’ve learned is that if you’re going to win the whole thing, you’re going to need luck along the way.”
Martinez led the playoffs in blocked shots (72), 20 more than the next closest player, teammate Alex Pietrangelo, and was third on the Golden Knights in ice time per game (22:32) behind Shea Theodore (23:07) and Pietrangelo (25:07). Martinez was first in the NHL during the regular season with 168 blocked shots, 40 more than Adam Larsson of the Edmonton Oilers in second.
“He’s been a great addition,” Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. “His offensive production was very high-end. At many nights, he was our best defenseman. He broke his foot late in the regular season. He missed a handful of games toward the end of the regular season, and he played the entire playoffs with a broken foot.”
Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (No. 95) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Martinez has scored 238 points (73 goals, 165 assists) in 660 regular-season games with the Golden Knights and Kings, and 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) in 103 playoff games.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014 and scored the Cup-clinching goal in double-overtime of Game 5 of the Final against the New York Rangers in 2014.
“I can’t understate the importance of him to our group here with the time he’s been there with me,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said of Martinez. “There’s a reason he’s a multiple Stanley Cup winner. There’s a reason you can count on him at the most important time of the year. It’s not an accident he scores that goal the other night (to tie Game 6 of the semifinals). He rises to the occasion at the tough moments. You can never have enough guys like that.”
The Golden Knights also signed goalie Laurent Brossoit to a two-year contract on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 28-year-old goalie was 6-6-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout in 14 games (11 starts) with the Winnipeg Jets last season. He did not play during the playoffs.
Selected by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round (No. 164) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Brossoit is 32-32-5 with a 2.83 GAA, .908 save percentage and two shutouts in 82 regular-season games (65 starts) with the Jets and Edmonton Oilers, and has appeared in one playoff game.