Carle 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. Carle is under contract through 2017-18 and is a $5.5 million hit to the team's cap. He has not been approached by the Bolts to waive his modified no-move clause and hopes to finish this contract in Tampa Bay. But he did admit, "That's out of my control." The game has left Carle behind and he's become an expensive anchor in Tampa's uptempo attack. There's no reason to have him on any fantasy roster right now.
Carle (illness) will be back in the lineup Sunday against the Senators, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports. Carle was expected to draw back into the lineup Sunday after indicating earlier he felt better, and that's indeed the case. He'll pair with Jason Garrison for the contest, and should be good to go moving forward.
Carle (illness) won't play Friday against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. Nikita Nesterov will draw into Tampa Bay's lineup for Friday's contest in Carle's absence. Carle will hope to return to action Sunday against the Senators.
Carle continues to log heavy minutes, but hasn't been rewarded with any points in his first 13 games. There once was a day when Carle flashed offence -- he had 40 points back in 2010-11. But he has solidified a role as a defensive anchor and spends far more time being a wet wool blanket on opposing forwards than pushing the pace on the breakout. Carle is as steady as they come on the ice. He's just not a steady fantasy performer.
Matt Carle has spent most of the preseason paired with Andrej Sustr, but skated Saturday with Jason Garrison.
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