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The Flyers announced this afternoon that they have agreed to an entry level contract with Swiss free agent defenseman Christian Marti. Marti is a big (6′ 3”, 210 lb) blueliner who has spend the last two seasons playing for Geneve Servette of the Swiss A-League.
Here are Marti’s career statistics and a scouting report, via eliteprospects.com.
Possesses a rare combination of size and mobility. Christian Marti, with his skill and long reach, has perfect shutdown abilities. Battles hard along the boards and will not quit until he has the puck. Plays with a lot intensity, as Marti loves to throw out punishing hits. He needs to work on his consistency and try to avoid defensive woes. Has untapped offensive abilities and owns a booming shot from the point, which makes him a reliable option for a power play unit. (by Rafik Soliman, December 2013)
At first glance, Marti seems like a shutdown type who is a relative long-shot to succeed at the NHL level. Either way it’s a low-risk contract for a guy who, at the very least, should help out in Lehigh Valley.
Scott: Welcome to this hockey organization. Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Christian: Oh hell yeah. If my teammates don’t share this opinion, I can tell you right now that it’s gonna cause some problems in the locker room.
Scott: Why Philadelphia?
Christian: I figured this city is my best chance at getting a huge contract that I don’t really deserve. I mean hell, Andrew MacDonald got 30 million here! Lol!
Scott: Who are you looking forward to playing with in this city?
Christian: Oh wow. There are so many guys to get excited about here, but I’d have to say that I can’t wait to take the ice with Zac Remaldo. It’s going to…
(We had to pause the interview briefly as Christian began to get very emotional)
It’s just going to be such an honor to take the ice with Remaldo.
Scott: Who called you from the organization to make the offer?
Christian: It was some guy who called from a payphone and told me his name was Rike Rabcock. He said I had to call him that for a little bit longer before he’d tell me his real name.
Scott: Thanks for talking with us, Christian.
*This interview actually did not take place