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Paul Martin is still a Shark for now

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Well... kind of, anyway.

Edmonton Oilers v San Jose Sharks - Game Three Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images

Paul Martin has cleared waivers,keeping him with the Sharks organization for the time being. The veteran defenseman will report to the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL. The Barracuda are in the midst of a home stand, having defeated the Bakerfield Condors in overtime last night. They play tomorrow against the Stockton Heat.

Craig Custance of The Athletic confirmed Pierre LeBrun’s theory that Martin will be showcased in the AHL before a trade is able to be made and that his contract limits trade opportunities.

As Custance notes, there is interest in the blueliner, but with only three games to go on this year, it’s difficult to determine his value in a trade scenario. The AHL will afford him more ice time and open up trade talks.