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Matt Carkner | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (33) / 11/3/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 227
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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

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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

Matt Carkner is dealing with a lower body injury.

Carkner is day-to-day for now. He has no points and 20 penalty minutes in nine games this season.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 01:35:00 PM

The Ottawa Senators had interest in retaining the services of Matt Carkner, but were simply outbid.

The New York Islanders ended up handing Carkner a three-year/$4.5 million deal. "I felt I couldn’t do that," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. Carkner had three points and 33 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Coach Jack Capuano is confident that newly-acquired Matt Carkner will fit in nicely on the blue line for the Islanders.

Carkner signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract over the summer to provide some toughness to the Isles and Capuano believes he will do just that. "Matt was in Binghamton when I was in Bridgeport and we played against him quite a bit and had our battles," Capuano said. "To have that size and grit on our blue line is something we need for sure. He's excited about coming to Long Island and being a part of the Islanders. It's definitely going to give us a boost on the back end."
Sun, Aug 26, 2012 03:02:00 PM

Matt Carkner's agent was obviously more accurate than the Colorado PR department as Carkner has signed a 3-year $4.5 million contract with the Islanders.

What a mess. The Avs announced about an hour ago that Carkner had signed with them. We like the signing of Carkner on the Island. He is a tough honest defenseman who will get more substantial playing time with the Isles than he did in Ottawa. Make him a target in pools that value penalty minutes.
Sun, Jul 1, 2012 02:16:00 PM

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C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Johan Sundstrom
5Eric Boulton
6Brock Nelson
7Michael Dal Colle
RW1Nikolai Kulemin
2Kyle Okposo
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Colin McDonald
6Jack Skille
7Joshua Ho-Sang
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Travis Hamonic
3Calvin De Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Matt Carkner
6Brian Strait
7Matt Donovan
8T.J. Brennan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson