|Assets:||Was a willing combatant who took on all comers and was an excellent teammate. Could play a sound defensive role from the back end when he kept it simple. Could also play the wing position, if required.|
|Flaws:||Took a lot of bad penalties. Did not own enough skating speed to keep up with fast NHL forwards. No matter where he played, his offensive contributions were always minimal. Injuries were an issue.|
|Career Potential:||Physical, depth and team-first defenseman.|
|AHL||Yanick Dupre Memorial Award||2006-07|
|7/06/2016||Announced his retirement.|
|9/26/2015||Released from training camp by the New York Islanders.|
|9/15/2015||Invited to training camp by the New York Islanders.|
|8/11/2015||Signed with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).|
|4/20/2015||Recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).|
|2/16/2015||Assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).|
|2/15/2015||Placed on waivers by the New York Islanders.|
|2/15/2015||Missed 56 games (back injury).|
|10/07/2014||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|3/21/2013||Missed 20 games (groin).|
|2/08/2013||Groin, injured reserve.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders to a three-year contract.|
|4/18/2012||Missed the last playoff game (suspended by nhl).|
|4/15/2012||Suspended by the NHL for 1 game.|
|12/07/2011||Missed 27 games (right knee surgery).|
|12/01/2011||Missed 24 games (right knee surgery).|
|10/05/2011||Right knee surgery, injured reserve.|
|4/10/2011||Missed the last 20 regular season games (lower body injury).|
|3/01/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/09/2011||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|2/05/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/17/2010||Missed 1 game (ankle injury).|
|12/16/2010||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|10/20/2009||Signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract extension.|
|1/09/2009||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|1/07/2009||Recalled from Binghamton (AHL).|
|9/27/2008||Assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|6/18/2008||Re-signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-year contract.|
|10/19/2007||Missed 8 games (broken left hand) and assigned to Binghamton (AHL).|
|10/03/2007||Broken left hand, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators to a one-year contract.|
|9/25/2006||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|7/23/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year contract.|
|2/09/2006||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|2/06/2006||Recalled from Cleveland (AHL).|
|9/29/2005||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|8/15/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the San Jose Sharks to a one-year contract.|
|10/05/2004||Signed by the Cleveland Barons (AHL).|
|8/03/2004||Re-signed by the San Jose Sharks.|
|9/26/2003||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|9/30/2002||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|9/21/2001||Assigned to Cleveland (AHL).|
|6/11/2001||Signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks.|
|9/23/2000||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders.|
|7/03/2007||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Ottawa Senators.|
|7/23/2006||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|6/06/2001||Signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks.|
|6/26/1999||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round (58th overall) in 1999.|
| 07/07/2016 3:31 PM
NewsCarkner officially retired from the NHL on Thursday, Islanders website reports.
| 09/26/2015 7:00 PM
NewsCarkner was released from his PTO on Saturday, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
| 08/24/2015 4:14 PM
NewsCarkner signed a professional tryout contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner is on injured reserve | 10/07/2014 1:37 PM
NewsIslanders defenseman Matt Carkner is on injured reserve
ImpactCarkner offers almost no offense (three points last season and has little fantasy value above his fighting ability (149 PIM).
Matt Carkner ranks among top 10 for PIMs | 12/26/2013 6:04 PM
NewsMatt Carkner ranks ninth in the league in penalty minutes with a total of 77.
ImpactHe has accomplished that feat in 28 games, while contributing three assists and a minus-8 rating.
Matt Carkner in the lineup Saturday | 10/20/2013 8:58 AM
NewsMatt Carkner replaced Matt Donovan in the Islanders lineup Saturday.
New York Newsday
ImpactThe 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.
Matt Carkner hopes to avoid injury this year | 08/05/2013 11:16 AM
NewsMatt Carkner is hoping to put his past injury woes behind him and to stay healthy next season.
ImpactHis 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.
Matt Carkner draws into lineup in Game 2 | 05/03/2013 7:17 PM
NewsMatt Carkner is making his Islanders postseason debut Friday night.
Scott Burnside on Twitter
ImpactCarkner 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.
Carkner, Boulton will suit up vs. Flyers | 04/25/2013 11:49 AM
NewsMatt Carkner will draw into New York's lineup Thursday night.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactHe will suit up against Philadelphia instead of Thomas Hickey. The Islanders will also dress tough guy Eric Boulton.
Islanders activate Matt Carkner friom IR | 03/21/2013 12:41 PM
NewsMatt Carkner (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve and he is expected to return to the Islanders' lineup Thursday night.
New York Islanders on Twitter
ImpactIn nine games this year, Carkner has 20 penalty minutes and seven hits. He has been sidelined since Feb. 5 with a lower-body ailment.
Matt Carkner skated with Islanders on Tuesday | 03/12/2013 6:25 PM
NewsMatt Carkner (lower body) joined the Islanders during Tuesday's practice.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactCarkner hasn't played since Feb. 7. 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.
Matt Carkner (lower body) is not skating | 02/27/2013 12:24 PM
NewsMatt Carkner hasn't been on the ice the past few days after he resumed skating the previous week.
New York Newsday
ImpactHe hasn't played since Feb. 7 and it's unclear if he suffered a setback.
Matt Carkner (lower body) to travel with team | 02/19/2013 10:01 AM
NewsMatt Carkner didn't return from his lower-body injury on Monday.
New York Newsday
ImpactHowever, 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.
Matt Carkner on track to play Monday | 02/16/2013 12:34 PM
NewsMatt Carkner (lower body) practised on Friday and looks to be on track to return to action Monday afternoon against the Flyers.
New York Newsday
ImpactIf you need PIMs get ready to activate Carkner for next week's games.
Islanders put Matt Carkner on injured reserve | 02/08/2013 1:12 PM
NewsIslanders place D Matt Carkner on injured reserve.
ImpactThe 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.
Carkner day-to-day with a lower body injury | 02/07/2013 2:35 PM
NewsMatt Carkner is dealing with a lower body injury.
ImpactCarkner is day-to-day for now. He has no points and 20 penalty minutes in nine games this season.
|Penalty Minutes||190||2009-10 (Ott)|
|Plus/Minus||0||5 times-last: 2011-12 (Ott)|
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