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Devils D-man Paul Martin will miss Olympics

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin will not play for the United States in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver because of a slow-healing broken left forearm.

A disappointed Martin announced late Monday afternoon that he was withdrawing his name from the U.S. team.

The defenseman broke his left forearm on Oct. 24 in a game at Pittsburgh when he was hit by a Bill Guerin shot. He had a setback in his recovery in December when minor surgery had to be done because the fracture was not healing at the rate the doctors wanted.

Martin skated on his own last week and was to be examined by doctors on Monday to see if the cast could come off his arm.

The Vancouver Games open in two weeks.