Alec Martinez talks injury recovery and Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez is slowly recover from injuries he sustained against the Minnesota Wild nearly 10 days ago. However, the 24-year old defenseman did leave LA with the team today, as they began a two-game road trip with a flight to St. Louis for tomorrow’s game against the Blues.

Following practice today, he shared the following comments…

“I’m feeling better every day,” said Martinez, when asked how things are coming along. “I know it’s a cliche. But, it really is true. I’ve just been getting in here and doing my exercises, trying to strengthen the area. I’ve been getting on the ice for about four or five days now. So, the legs feel good. I just have to keep getting better.”

Slava Voynov, who was recalled from Manchester to fill the spot opened up when Martinez was placed on IR, has been paired with Willie Mitchell (where he played last month in place of Drew Doughty).

“I’m happy for him,” said Martinez, when asked what he thought about Voynov getting a ‘higher’ pairing, rather than just taking his role as the sixth defenseman.

“The coaches want to do whatever gives the team the best shot to win a game. If that’s what they see fit, that’s fine. I’m just focusing on getting better now and I’m happy for Slava. He’s playing well and he’s my buddy. Good for him and hopefully we can win a few more games.”

Is there any estimate on when he might return to the line-up?

“I’m not really sure right now. But, hopefully not too much longer.”

Down the hall a few minutes later, coach Terry Murray had this to say about the status of Martinez…

“He’s not participating in any of the practices, outside of skating. There’s no contact with him, for sure. We have to make sure that’s 100% before he gets cleared to get into the practices (again). He’s still a ways away.”

Perhaps Saturday against the Blackhawks. We’ll have to see what Murray is thinking and how Martinez is progressing after the holiday on Thursday.

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