May 8, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing David Clarkson (23) dives to get rebound against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Carle (25) and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) during the first period of game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Carle Rejoins The Tampa Bay Lightning

Matt Carle played 12 games with The Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008. He was quickly traded to Philadelphia where he has proven to be an asset to their defensive line, pairing with Chris Pronger. On July 4, on the exact 4 year anniversary of his first time getting on the Lightning roster, Tampa Bay signed him to a 6 year contract.
Standing at 6 feet tall, weighing in at 205 pounds, the 27 year old, native of Anchorage, Alaska adds depth to the defense. He played WCHA College hockey from  2003-04 to 2005-06 with the University of Denver. In 112 games there he scored 29 goals and 122 points. In 2004-05 he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and the NCAA West First All-Star Team. He made it on both of those in the 2005-06 season, along with receiving the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top college player, and was named the WCHA Player of the Year.
In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft Carle was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round, 47th overall. In 2006-07 he played for the NHL All-Rookie Team. He was acquired in 2008 by Tampa Bay with Ty Wishart,  a first round draft pick in 2009, and a fourth round selection in 2010 in exchange for Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich. After 12 games in Bolt Blue, Tampa traded him to Philadelphia with San Jose’s third round pick in 2009 in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie, and Tampa Bay’s fourth round pick in 2009.
Carle has played in 471 career NHL games in which he has scored 32 goals, 202 points, and 17 power play goals. He has a plus-55 rating. In the past season he played in at least 80 games, all 82 in the two years previous to that.  He has played in 84 Stanley Cup Playoff games. In those he acquired 5 goals and 35 points. With the Flyers he has played in 45 playoff games in the past 3 seasons.
I am happy that Tampa has a second shot with Matt Carle, who says that it’s tough to leave Philly, however, is excited about coming to Tampa again. I can only hope that his 6 year contract means a long stay with lots of success. I think that he’s going to be a key to the defense.
It’s just another day in hockey  paradise,
Dolly Reynolds-Dolce
@HulaDolly @BoltsByTheBay @FanSided
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