The 32-year-old Martinez is under contract through the 2020-2021 season, as he is owed $4 million for next season. Since getting the Kings a Stanley Cup win back in 2015, his production has gone down a bit. Before the trade, the defenseman had just one goal and seven assists over 41 games this season. Although, he not only got the overtime winner in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015, but also in the Game 5 clincher against the New York Rangers that same postseason. That gave the Kings their second title in three seasons at the time.
Everyone involved in the Kings' game-winning goal against the Rangers have been dealt in the past two weeks, as Tyler Toffoli was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, and Kyle Clifford went to the Toronto Maple Leafs back on February 6th. They are in full rebuild, sitting in last place in the Pacific Division with the second-worst record in the entire NHL at 47 points through 60 games. The Golden Knights are in a battle for first in the same division, currently tied for first with the Edmonton Oilers at 70 points.