Carkner officially retired from the NHL on Thursday.
Carkner hadn't played in the NHL since 2013-14. He amassed four goals, 23 assists, and 556 PIM in 237 games during his career.
Carkner was released from his PTO on Saturday, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.Carkner never really had a chance to make the team as the plan between the team and player would be that he would report to Bridgeport of the AHL as a player/coach.
Carkner was activated from injured reserve and placed on waivers Sunday.Carkner has been on injured reserve since the beginning of the season, but appears ready to begin working his way back. The Isles likely placed him on waivers with the intention of sending him to the minors for rehab work, and that should end up the outcome as it's unlikely anyone will claim him.
Carkner (back) is expected to miss the rest of the season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.Carkner aggravated his back injury during the team's first preseason game of the season, and underwent surgery last week to fix the problem. The physical blueliner will have to get healthy for next season as the Isles prepare for the rest of this season without him.
Carkner (upper body) will start the season on IR, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.Carkner hasn't skated in a few days now, and will be stashed on IR until he can be cleared for practice. The blueliner tallied three assists and 149 PIM in 53 games last season.
Carkner remained off the ice Friday with an upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.Carkner won't play in the Islanders' final preseason game Friday, putting his status in question for the Oct. 10 regular season opener. Regardless, aside from in leagues that count penalty minutes, Carkner projects as a below-average contributor in nearly every other fantasy category.
Carkner (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.Carkner's injury is day-to-day, so it's safe to assume he'll be available for the start of the regular season unless more information comes out.
Carkner has three points and a minus-9 rating in 38 games for the Islanders on the season.Aside from leagues that count penalty minutes, a category Carkner leads the Islanders in with 95 PIM, the defenseman doesn't offer much fantasy utility. That's especially true now to Lubomir Visnovsky and Travis Hamonic are back healthy, as Carkner hasn't even seen the ice since Jan. 27.