Carle will be subjected to a contract buyout from the Lightning, as announced Thursday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This news should not come as a shock, as Carle was Tampa's highest paid defenseman last season with a salary of $5.5 million, but failed to provide much return on the investment. He produced just nine points in 64 games while averaging 16:47 of ice time, which is not a lot of rink time for a blueliner. Buying him out allows the Bolts to save $3.6 million for the next two years.
Carle is in the lineup for Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carle's return to action shouldn't impact fantasy owners' lineups, as the 31-year-old defender has only notched 11 points over 70 games this season, and isn't a desirable option in daily contests or playoff pools. The 2003 second-round pick will skat alongside Slater Koekkoek on the Lightning's third-pairing in Friday's Game 4.
Carle (undisclosed) told reporters he was a game-time decision for Game 4 on Friday against the Islanders, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carle has been out of the lineup since recording an assist in the opening game of the second round. While the blueliner has had minimal offensive production this year, he is a crucial piece on the back end as he averaged 1:42 of penalty-kill ice time during the regular season and has added 10 blocked shots in six playoff contests. For fantasy owners, the 31-year-old's return will likely pass under the radar, but Tampa Bay fans will be happy to see him back on the ice.
Carle (undisclosed) took part in Tuesday's optional skate, but won't suit up for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Islanders, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Carle's continued absence won't impact many fantasy owners' lineups, as the 31-year-old blueliner doesn't contribute much offensively, limiting his value in daily contests and playoff pools. Matt Taormina will likely continue to draw into Tampa Bay's lineup while Carle remains sidelined. The Lightning should provide another update on Carle's status once the Alaska native is fit to play.
Carle (undisclosed) will not play Saturday afternoon for Game 2 against the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Carle is a solid puck-moving defenseman who might've been able to chip in offensively had he been healthy enough to suit up. Naturally, the Bolts are getting ample offensive production from their forwards, but Jason Garrison leads all Tampa blueliners with just three playoff points; that's simply not going to cut it against a stingy Islanders team. Look for Matt Taormina to draw into the lineup with Carle unfit to play.
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