Martin out of US team

New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin ruled himself of this month's Vancouver Olympics, opting to withdraw from the US team because he has not fully recovered from a broken arm.


"After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from participation with Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver," Martin said in a statement released by the Devils.

"While the decision was an extremely difficult one, I feel it is in my long-term best interest to not rush any return to the ice."

Martin fractured his left foreman on October 24 when he was hit by a slap shot from Pittsburgh's Bill Guerin.

The United States opens their Olympic campaign with a game against Switzerland on February 16.

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