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Matt Carkner | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/3/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 233
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Carkner is likely gone for the season after undergoing back surgery last week.
The defenseman needed the surgery to repair a herniated disk. He is in his last season of a three-year deal and is looking at unrestricted free agency in the summer. Sun, Nov 2, 2014 06:52:00 AM

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Matt Carkner (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Carkner had three assists and 149 penalty minutes in 53 games in 2013-14. If he plays regularly in 2014-15, he could flirt with the 200 PIM mark.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Matt Carkner (upper body) didn't take part in Friday's practice.

At this point, we're concerned that Carkner won't be available for the start of the regular season. He had three points and 149 penalty minutes in 53 contests in 2013-14.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Matt Carkner sat out practice on Saturday with an upper body injury.

Consider the defenseman day-to-day. He will get plenty of penalty minutes and little else in fantasy pools so draft him accordingly.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 09:34:00 AM

Matt Carkner ranks ninth in the league in penalty minutes with a total of 77.

He has accomplished that feat in 28 games, while contributing three assists and a minus-8 rating.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 06:04:00 PM

Matt Carkner replaced Matt Donovan in the Islanders lineup Saturday.

The move did not work out great for the Islanders as Carkner is a tough defensive minded blueliner while Donovan is more creative with the puck and plays the point on the power play. It was not great for the Islanders as Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a concussion early in the game and could not return, forcing the Isles to go with only five defensemen and only Andrew MacDonald with much offensive flair. Carkner could see more action in the short term with the injury to Visnovsky but the Islanders could also sign Radek Martinek to a contract.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Matt Carkner is hoping to put his past injury woes behind him and to stay healthy next season.

His right knee required two surgeries in 2011, in April and October, which limited him to 29 appearances with Ottawa in 2011-12. Carkner had a hip flexor ailment last year and he played in just 22 contests with the Islanders as a result. "I'll work a little more smart, that's for sure," he said in order to avoid hurting himself again. "Nothing too crazy with my training regimen. Stuff that's basically more on-ice focused, because I feel good on the ice. For me, my main focus is being healthy and getting back out there." He can bring some penalty minutes to the table, but other than that he doesn't have much to offer in terms of fantasy value.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Matt Carkner is making his Islanders postseason debut Friday night.

Carkner draws into the lineup at the expense of Thomas Hickey, who has been scratched. Carkner has played in 10 playoff games in his career. He had two assists on the year.
Fri, May 3, 2013 07:17:00 PM

Matt Carkner will draw into New York's lineup Thursday night.

He will suit up against Philadelphia instead of Thomas Hickey. The Islanders will also dress tough guy Eric Boulton.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:49:00 AM

Matt Carkner (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve and he is expected to return to the Islanders' lineup Thursday night.

In nine games this year, Carkner has 20 penalty minutes and seven hits. He has been sidelined since Feb. 5 with a lower-body ailment.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 12:41:00 PM

Matt Carkner (lower body) joined the Islanders during Tuesday's practice.

Carkner hasn't played since Feb. 5. He recently took time off following resuming skating so it's a good sign that he was back at practice Tuesday. There's still no definitive timeline for his return.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Matt Carkner hasn't been on the ice the past few days after he resumed skating the previous week.

He hasn't played since Feb. 5 and it's unclear if he suffered a setback.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 11:24:00 AM

Matt Carkner didn't return from his lower-body injury on Monday.

However, he will travel with the team on their three-game road trip and should be back sometime soon. He hasn't played since Feb. 5 and had 20 penalty minutes over nine contests prior to getting injured.
Tue, Feb 19, 2013 09:01:00 AM

Matt Carkner (lower body) practiced on Friday and looks to be on track to return to action Monday afternoon against the Flyers.

If you need PIMs get ready to activate Carkner for next week's games.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Islanders place D Matt Carkner on injured reserve.

The move is retroactive to Feb. 6, meaning the earliest he can be activated is Feb. 13. Before getting hurt, Carkner had yet to register a point to go with 20 penalty minutes in nine games.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 12:12:00 PM

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4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
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2Matt Martin
3Eric Boulton
4Brock Nelson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Nikolay Kulemin
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Matt Carkner
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
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