|Assets:||Skates very well and is usually in sound position on the ice. Makes a very good first pass out of his own end. Has solid offensive instincts. Can jump up into the play well. Can log a ton of minutes.|
|Flaws:||Isn't as effective in physical contests as he is when the game is more passive. Can occasionally make a critical blunder in the defensive zone when pressured with the puck. Lacks a bit of consistency.|
|Career Potential:||Mobile veteran defenseman.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2006-07|
|NCAA||Hobey Baker Memorial Award||2005-06|
|WCHA||First All-Star Team||2004-05|
|NCAA||West First All-American Team||2004-05|
|NCAA||Frozen Four All-Tournament Team||2004-05|
|12/30/2015||Missed 2 games (undisclosed).|
|12/20/2015||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|5/24/2015||Missed the last playoff game (undisclosed).|
|3/14/2015||Missed 23 games (abdominal injury).|
|1/31/2015||Abdominal injury, injured reserve.|
|1/17/2015||Abdominal injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/04/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a six-year contract.|
|3/28/2010||Missed 2 games (lower body injury).|
|3/25/2010||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/30/2008||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|12/13/2008||Missed 5 games (lower body injury).|
|12/02/2008||Lower body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|11/07/2008||Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|7/04/2008||Acquired from the San Jose Sharks.|
|11/21/2007||Signed by the San Jose Sharks to a four-year contract extension.|
|1/12/2007||Recalled from Worcester (AHL).|
|1/02/2007||Assigned to Worcester (AHL).|
|3/19/2006||Signed by the San Jose Sharks.|
|7/04/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|11/07/2008||Tampa Bay Lightning traded Matt Carle and a 3rd round draft pick in 2009 (San Jose) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and a 4th round draft pick in 2009.|
|7/04/2008||Tampa Bay Lightning traded Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to the San Jose Sharks for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a 1st round selection in 2009 and a 4th round selection in 2010.|
|6/21/2003||Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round (47th overall) in 2003.|
| 01/06/2016 1:07 PM
NewsCarle was benched again Tuesday, something that has become all too familiar for the defender this season. "It's gutwrenching," said Carle. He has zero points and a minus-6 rating in 33 games this season.
| 12/20/2015 4:59 PM
NewsCarle (illness) will be back in the lineup Sunday against the Senators, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.
| 12/18/2015 6:31 PM
NewsCarle (illness) won't play Friday against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
| 11/24/2015 12:15 AM
NewsCarle has been toiling on the Lightning's third pairing and has even been a healthy scratch twice this season. He has no points, a plus-1 rating and 24 shots in 20 games this season.
| 11/04/2015 11:25 PM
NewsCarle continues to log heavy minutes, but hasn't been rewarded with any points in his first 13 games.
| 10/04/2015 12:00 AM
NewsCarle has spent most of the preseason paired with Andrej Sustr, but skated Saturday with Jason Garrison.
Lightning defenseman Matt Carle had two assists in the, 5-3, victory over the Bruins on Sunday. | 03/22/2015 8:20 PM
NewsLightning defenseman Matt Carle had two assists in the, 5-3, victory over the Bruins on Sunday.
ImpactCarle had assists on J.T. Brown's goal in the first period and then Jason Garrison's score in the second period. Carle has four goals and 13 assists with a plus-13 rating in 50 games this season.
Matt Carle scores rare goal in Game 3 loss | 04/21/2014 11:12 AM
NewsMatt Carle tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs.
ImpactHe had two markers in 82 games during the regular season. Carle logged 25:54 of ice time on Sunday.
Matt Carle (foot)doesn't expect to miss games | 02/25/2014 8:36 AM
NewsMatt Carle (foot) expects to practice Tuesday and he should be in the lineup when Tampa Bay plays in Nashville on Thursday.
Impact"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.
Carle been dealing with foot injury for 1 mo. | 02/22/2014 11:00 AM
NewsMatt Carle has allegedly been dealing with a foot injury for a month.
Erik Erlendsson Twitter
ImpactWell 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.
Matt Carle (foot) misses practice Weds. | 02/19/2014 4:43 PM
NewsMatt Carle has an issue with his foot, so he didn't practice Wednesday.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactCoach Jon Cooper is hopeful that Carle will be ready to play when Tampa Bay plays in Nashville once the Olympic break is over.
Matt Carle, Barberio score in loss to Toronto | 01/29/2014 9:23 AM
NewsMatt Carle scored in Tampa Bay's loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
ImpactIt 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.
Matt Carle extends assist streak to 7 games | 01/14/2014 7:46 AM
NewsMatt Carle stretched his assist streak to seven games on Monday with a power-play helper on Alex Killorn's 12th goal of the year.
ImpactCarle 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.
Matt Carle sets a franchise record Saturday | 01/13/2014 10:51 AM
NewsMatt Carle set a franchise record on Saturday versus Philadelphia with a plus-6 rating.
ImpactHe also extended his assist streak to six games by contributing two helpers in Tampa Bay's 6-3 victory. Carle has one goal, 22 points and a plus-16 rating in 45 games this season.
Matt Carle on assist streak | 01/11/2014 11:44 AM
NewsMatt Carle has registered at least one assist in five consecutive games.
ImpactCarle is quietly putting together a nice season with 20 points in 44 games and a plus 10 plus/minus rating. Needless to say, if Carle is available on your waiver wire and you are in need of a blueliner, pick him up.
Matt Carle gets two assists in Lightning loss | 01/05/2014 10:56 PM
NewsDefenseman Matt Carle notched two assists in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton Sunday night.
ImpactCarle assisted on goals by Victor Hedman, his eighth of the season, and Nikita Kucherov (sixth). Valtteri Filppula (16th) also scored a goal for the Lightning.
Matt Carle leads Lightning in blocked shots | 12/23/2013 8:43 AM
NewsMatt Carle has a team-leading 75 blocked shots in 36 games this season.
ImpactCarle got off to a rough start this season, but he's found his groove and was particularly helpful when Victor Hedman was recently sidelined with a lower-body injury. He has 13 points in 36 games this season and we wouldn't be surprised if he improves upon that pace a little bit in the second half of 2013-14.
Matt Carle adds two assists Thursday night | 10/11/2013 7:23 AM
NewsMatt Carle earned two assists in Thursday's thumping of the Florida Panthers.
ImpactCarle has three assists, nine shots and a plus-3 rating in four games this year. Sami Salo and Alex Killorn also recorded two helpers apiece in Thursday's 7-2 victory.
Matt Carle gets first power play time Thurs. | 10/05/2013 11:38 AM
NewsMatt Carle played on the first power play Thursday with the injury to Sami Salo.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactSalo usually gets first power play time with four forwards so the first unit of Martin St. Louis, Steve Stamkos, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone were not used to playing alongside Carle. Carle will see second power play time once Salo returns so look for a 35-40 point season from the veteran Carle.
Matt Carle is on a five-game point streak | 04/08/2013 10:50 AM
NewsMatt Carle registered an assist on Sunday.
ImpactThat extended Carle's point streak to a career-high five contests. That helped him bury a particularly cold patch from late February to late March. He has four goals and 18 points in 38 games this season and should be able to maintain that pace for the remainder of the campaign.
| 04/06/2013 9:38 PM
NewsMatt Carle had a two-point night in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to the Islanders on Saturday night.
ImpactCarle, who had a goal and a helper, now has points in four straight games. The goal was his fourth, and he now has 17 points. Richard Panik had the other goal, his second of the year. Vincent Lecavalier , Steven Stamkos and Benoit Pouliot had assists.
Bolts can't use injuries as an excuse | 03/23/2013 10:42 AM
NewsThe Lightning want to use Ottawa's resiliency in the face of numerous injuries as an inspiration for themselves.
ImpactThe Lightning have lost 54 man games due to injury and are 12th in the East, as compared to the Senators who have lost key players and are fifth. "Ottawa is probably one of the better teams in dealing with that type of adversity so I think we could try to take a page out of their book,'' Lightning defenseman Matt Carle said. "You never use injuries as an excuse, they are part of the game and it's just how you react to having guys out of the lineup.''
D Matt Carle scores in 5-2 loss to Devils | 02/08/2013 12:04 AM
NewsMatt Carle scored his second goal in a Tampa Bay uniform in the Lightning's 4-2 loss to New Jersey on Thursday.
ImpactCarle has been a strong addition to Tampa's blueline this campaign, where he has logged plenty of ice time and contributed seven points in 10 contests. Nate Thompson scored the club's other marker in the match, while Martin St. Louis picked up two assists.
Matt Carle well-liked by coach Boucher | 01/28/2013 1:12 PM
NewsMatt Carle has received great reviews from his new team in Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Impact"He gives false information (deception) when he handles the puck, which is really important because it gives our players more time now to get open," coach Guy Boucher said. "He really added on to our defensive game and our our offensive game." Carle has been paired with Eric Brewer on the Lightning, where he has averaged nearly 23 minutes of ice time per match. He has also been solid offensively with a goal and two assists, with seven shots, in five games.
Matt Carle poised for big offensive season | 01/12/2013 2:19 PM
NewsWe expect Matt Carle to have a nice offensive season in Tampa.
ImpactHe should get plenty of time on the team's first power-play unit alongside superstars Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis and could easily register 25-28 points (almost 50 in a full season) in 2013. He is also a strong sleeper candidate.
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|Goals||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||1|
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|Points||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||2|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Bos||Oct 12||6|
|Plus/Minus||2||at Car||Nov 1||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||1|
|Power Play Points||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||36 times-last:at Fla||last:Jan 23||0|
|Shots||4||vs. Buf||Oct 17||4|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2013-14 (TB)|
|Penalty Minutes||36||2011-12 (Phi)|
|Power Play Goals||8||2006-07 (SJ)|
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