File this one under the "too bad" department for sure. From

Paul Martin, still battling to come back from a fractured left forearm, announced Monday that he is taking his name off Team USA's Olympic roster for the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.

The decision by Martin is not surprising, but it is nonetheless disappointing for the Minnesota-born defenseman.

Martin issued this statement Monday afternoon:

“After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from participation with Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. 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, of course, is a former Elk River and Gophers hockey standout ... and a somewhat underrated One Of Us.

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