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Detroit Red Wings avoid overpaying Matt Martin

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While the Red Wings have made controversial deals, the team dodged a bullet by not paying Matt Martin too much for too long.

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With many Red Wings fans reacting to today's signings like a boxer barely hanging on until the bell, it appears that a knockout blow has been avoided, at least for now:

Matt Martin is a good fourth line winger. He's not worth anywhere close to what he will likely get paid, which is appearing to be in the neighborhood of 4 years at $3 million AAV. The Wings dodged a bullet here.

So, it looks like Holland realized that Matt Martin was asking for too much. Oh, wait...

Regardless, the Wings avoided paying a fourth-line grinder too much money for four years.

UPDATE: The Maple Leafs have signed Martin.