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Matt Carle | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
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Matt Carle (abdominal injury) may be back next week.
Coach Jon Cooper is looking at that as a possible return scenario. Carle is still expected to play in mid-March. Mar 4 - 3:01 PM

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Matt Carle (abdominal injury) is still "a couple weeks away" from returning, according to coach Jon Cooper.

He practiced with the team Thursday while wearing a no-contact jersey. Carle had surgery on an adductor muscle and he hasn't played since Jan. 15. In 46 games this season, he has four goals and 14 points.
Feb 27 - 10:44 AM

Matt Carle was on the ice for Thursday's practice and he's close to returning from abdominal surgery.

Coach Jon Cooper isn't expecting Carle to play Friday, but said the defenseman could be back next week. He hasn't been in the lineup since Jan. 15.
Feb 26 - 12:08 PM

Matt Carle is slated to return next month from abdominal surgery.

He took part in an optional skate on Monday morning. "Today was probably the first time that I've been out doing drills with the guys," Carle said. "And it was just a light pregame skate on the second half of a back-to-back, so for me that's exciting to be around the guys, get out there and get in a little bit of a sweat." Carle hasn't played since Jan. 15, but he could be ready to play between March 3-17.
Feb 17 - 10:31 AM

With Matt Carle, Radko Gudas and now Jason Garrison out with injuries, don't be surprised if the Lightning make a trade to acquire a defenseman.

It may be unreasonable to expect that the Bolts' three rookie rearguards, Luke Witkowski, Mark Barberio and Nikita Nesterov will be able to pick up the slack. Stay tuned.
Feb 7 - 11:47 AM

Matt Carle has a torn abductor muscle that will require surgery.

Carle will be sidelined for an six-to-eight weeks as a result. He has four goals and 14 points in 46 contests this season. His lukewarm showing offensively this season means that his absence won't impact a lot of teams in standard leagues, but he'll be dearly missed by the Lightning, which relied on him to average 20:34 minutes per contest.
Jan 19 - 6:43 PM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) may be out of action until after the All-Star break.

So says Lightning coach Jon Cooper. He did not practice with the rest of his Tampa teammates Saturday morning and will not play Saturday night which will break a streak of 347 consecutive regular season games in which he has played. Reserve Carle and keep him on your bench until further notice.
Jan 17 - 11:42 AM

Matt Carle is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury, according to Coach Cooper.

No details have been revealed just yet, but it may explain why Luke Witkowski was recalled from AHL Syracuse. Through 46 games this season, Carle has put up 14 points, 24 PIMs, and 74 blocks.
Jan 16 - 7:19 PM

Matt Carle scored and assisted in the Lightning’s 4-2 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.

Don’t get too used to this. In a perfect world, Carle is 35-point producer. Carle played 18:54 in the loss, with two shots on goals and three blocks. He has three goals and eight points in 31 games this season. Tyler Johnson netted the other goal for Tampa Bay.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:40:00 PM

Matt Carle tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs.

He had two markers in 82 games during the regular season. Carle logged 25:54 of ice time on Sunday.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Matt Carle (foot) expects to practice Tuesday and he should be in the lineup when Tampa Bay plays in Nashville on Thursday.

"Not skating for two weeks helps, but I guess it's just one of those things that are just annoying," Carle said. "We'll see how the next two days go, stick to the rehab and try to get it better as much as we can." He said he's been dealing with a foot issue for about a month, but it won't prevent him from playing.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 08:36:00 AM

Matt Carle has allegedly been dealing with a foot injury for a month.

Well that would explain his production drop off. He is going to practice Monday with his teammates. Carle is confident he'll be ready to go once NHL play resumes for the Lightning on Thursday.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Matt Carle has an issue with his foot, so he didn't practice Wednesday.

Coach Jon Cooper is hopeful that Carle will be ready to play when Tampa Bay plays in Nashville once the Olympic break is over.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Matt Carle scored in Tampa Bay's loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.

It was just his second tally of the 2013-14 season. Carle has 25 points and a plus-16 rating in 53 games. Fellow Lightning rearguard Mark Barberio had the team's other goal in a 3-2 loss to the Leafs.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 09:23:00 AM

Matt Carle stretched his assist streak to seven games on Monday with a power-play helper on Alex Killorn's 12th goal of the year.

Carle has racked up nine assists during his scoring spree to give him 23 points in 46 games. He hasn't scored a goal since Oct. 24, but he does have a plus-15 rating and 95 blocked shots.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 07:46:00 AM

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