Reports: Alec Martinez closing in on a three-year deal to stay with Golden Knights

golden knights to sign martinez
Mar 15, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez (23) knocks the puck away from the net against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 15, 2021, in Las Vegas. Mandatory Credit: John Locher/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez is expected to sign a three-year contract worth approximately $15 million, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Martinez, who turned 34 on Monday, led the NHL in blocked shots (168) last season.

Golden Knights to sign Alec Martinez

Alec Martinez
Jun 10, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates with defenseman Alec Martinez (23) and right wing Mark Stone (61) his empty net goal scored against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period in game six of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

He recorded 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 53 games with the Golden Knights last season. He added six more (four goals, two assists) in 19 playoff games despite reportedly playing on a broken foot.

Martinez has collected 238 points (73 goals, 165 assists) in 660 career games with the Los Angeles Kings and Golden Knights.

He was part of the Kings’ 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championship teams.

Martinez is best known for beating then-New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with an iconic double-overtime goal in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Martinez played with a broken foot

Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez played with a broken foot during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He played in 19 games in the postseason, scoring four goals and adding two assists. He averaged over 22 minutes of ice time a game and is the current playoff leader with 72 blocked shots.

“I obviously couldn’t talk about it much,” Martinez said. “I touched on our medical staff. They did an incredible job taking care of me day in and day out.”

Martinez was traded to Vegas in 2020 from the Los Angeles Kings, where he spent the first 10 1/2 years of his career.

–Field Level Media