Player Spotlight: Matt Carle continues to bring veteran leadership to locker room
Each weekday during leading up to Lightning training camp in mid-September, TampaBayLightning.com will take a look at a Bolts player before the 2014-15 NHL season...
ACQUIRED Signed as a free agent on July 4, 2012
BORN Anchorage, Alaska
EXPERIENCE NHL – 11th, Lightning – 4th
Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 4, 2012 and under contract through 2017-18 season
2013-14 SEASON: Skated in 82 games with the Lightning, posting 2 goals and 31 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes…1 of 3 players to skate in all 82 games this season for the Lightning…Ranked 2nd on the Lightning defense for points with 31…Ranked 1st on the Bolts with 161 blocked shots and was 2nd for average TOI (22:11)…Recorded a career-high 7-game point/assist streak from Jan. 1-13 (9 assists)…Set a Lightning franchise record with a +6 rating on Jan. 11 at PHI...Named an assistant captain at the beginning of the season…2014 Playoffs: Skated in all 4 Lightning postseason games, notching a goal.
SEASON PREVIEW IN 50 WORDS OR LESS: He recorded 31 points last season and should continue to play steady minutes on the team's first or second pairing Carle. Carle, one of the team's assistant captains, brings a veteran presence to the Bolts blue line and locker room.
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT -- @mattcarle25
DID YOU KNOW?-- Carle appeared in the movie "This is 40" with former Flyers teammates Ian Laperriere, Scott Hartnell and James van Riemsdyk.