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Matt Carle | Defenseman | #25

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 197
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (47) / SJ
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carle has been placed on waivers.
The next step for the Lightning will be to buy out the final two seasons of his six-year, $33 million contract. They will save roughly $3.7 million in cap space for each of the next two seasons, but then have a roughly $1.8 million cap penalty for the two seasons that follow. Jun 30 - 12:43 PM

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Matt Carle could be a buyout candidate for Tampa Bay.

He is currently the team's highest-paid defenseman ($5.5 million) and his role has declined. Carle has two years left on his deal, which would save Tampa Bay $3.66 million in each of the next two seasons. However, it would add $1.83 million to the cap for the next four years.
Jun 15 - 9:07 AM

Matt Carle was a healthy scratch in Game 7 against Pittsburgh.

The Lightning kept Slater Koekkoek in the lineup instead and dressed six defenders due to the return of Steven Stamkos to the fold.
May 27 - 8:56 AM

Matt Carle recorded an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Carle has recorded a point in three of his last four games. He has no goals and five assists in 11 playoff contests in 2016.
May 19 - 11:18 AM

Matt Carle will pair with Slater Koekkoek in Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders.

Unfortunately, neither defender boasts much fantasy value. Combined they've achieved just 12 points in 84 regular season and playoff games this season.
May 6 - 6:44 PM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) will see how he feels on Friday morning.

There's a chance he could be ready to play in Game 4 against the Islanders after he fully participated in Thursday's practice. Carle has sat out the past two games with an undisclosed injury.
May 6 - 9:13 AM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) took part in Thursday's practice.

Carle was wearing a regular jersey too, as opposed to a no-contact one. He last played on April 27.
May 5 - 4:39 PM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) skated before practice on Monday.

He appears to be closer to returning than Anton Stralman (fractured leg) and J.T. Brown (upper body), but he may not be ready to go on Tuesday in Game 3 versus the Islanders. Carle didn't play on Saturday in Game 2 due to an undisclosed ailment.
May 3 - 10:43 AM

Matt Carle is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Carle wasn't on the ice with the Lightning Friday morning. He might still play in Game 2 on Saturday, but he will likely be a game-time decision.
Apr 29 - 3:10 PM

After not playing very much during the season, Matt Carle has become an important part of Tampa Bay's defense in the playoffs.

Carle has had to step up and replace injured defenseman Anton Stralman. He's done a relatively good job thus far. "I've been around long enough and (have) seen guys go through similar situations," Carle said. "It's a first for me in trying to handle it as a veteran. I went through it as a rookie. The coaching staff has been great with me, and I'm just trying to keep my head down and stay professional and come to work and be ready to go when called upon." The 31-year-old has one assist in two playoff games in 2016. He's averaged 17:55 per game.
Apr 17 - 11:27 AM

Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle assisted on both Lightning goals in 5-2 loss to the Islanders in New York Monday night.

Carle, neither an offensive threat nor a wise fantasy choice, collected his third and fourth assists of the season on goals by Alex Killorn (14th) and Victor Hedman (10th). Conspicuous by his absence from the Lightning lineup was superstar Steve Stamkos, who is out from one to three months after undergoing vascular surgery.
Apr 4 - 11:34 PM

Matt Carle will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Dallas Stars.

Carle doesn't offer much in terms of fantasy upside. He has just two goals and three points in 53 games this season. Jonathan Marchessault will join him in the press box on Thursday.
Mar 17 - 8:29 PM

Matt Carle has been playing much better as of late.

In his last five games Carle has scored twice and registered three points and has a very impressive plus 10 rating. This after not registering a point in his first 41 games. We still can't recommend Carle, but at least he is contributing now.
Feb 27 - 11:50 AM

Matt Carle picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Believe it or not, those were his first two points of the season. Carle assisted on Steven Stamkos' first period goal and he added one of his own in the second period to extend the Bolts' lead to 3-0. He may have turned in a solid performance on Saturday, but his fantasy upside is non-existent.
Feb 21 - 10:56 AM

Matt Carle will play his 700th career game Tuesday against San Jose.

With no points and little else to show for his efforts in 39 games this season, unfortunately he's best suited for your waiver wire.
Feb 16 - 7:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Cory Conacher
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Jeremy Morin
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Nikita Nesterov
6Andrej Sustr
7Slater Koekkoek
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy