Matthew Carle D TB 4 weeks ago

Carle dished out a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Bruins.

Carle skated just 17:38 as he continues to see somewhat limited ice time since returning from a hip injury that cost him 22 contests, but he's now notched three points in four games since coming back. The 30-year-old could see an increase in ice time as he shakes off the rust, but with just 17 points on the season, the defenseman doesn't hold much fantasy value outside of deeper formats.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Carle (hip) had an assist in a loss to Winnipeg on Saturday. It was his first game after missing 22 games with an abdominal injury.

Get him back in there if you use him with regularity.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Carle (hip) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Saturday against the Jets, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carle, who has missed the last two months following abdominal surgery, has been practicing for the last several days and should be in line for his usual 20 minutes of ice time upon returning. His return comes at a convenient time for the Bolts, who lost trade-deadline acquisition Braydon Coburn (lower body) for 4-to-6 weeks just a few days earlier. Carle is slated to pair up with Jason Garrison on Saturday.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Carle (hip) could make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Jets, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carle took part in battle drills during Tuesday's morning skate and was encouraged by experiencing no new soreness a day after the session. The Lightning will see how he progresses in practices the next two days before making a call on his status for Saturday.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Carle (hip) will likely continue to experience soreness once he returns to the lineup, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carle took part in battle drills during Tuesday's morning session and has been practicing for the better part of two weeks now, so his pending return would seem to simply hinge on how much pain he's able to tolerate. The blueliner could be in the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, but the Lightning may give him a few more days off in order to prepare for a return over the weekend. With the Bolts adding Braydon Coburn from the Flyers at the trade deadline, look for Carle to take on a reduced role upon his return to action.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Carle (hip) said Saturday that he anticipates returning to the Bolts' lineup next Saturday against the Jets, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carle didn't close off the possibility of a return for the final game of the team's road trip Thursday in Boston, but that would seem to represent a best-case scenario for the blueliner. He's been out since January after going surgery to repair torn adductor muscles in his hip. Look for him to resume taking increased contact in practices within the next few days.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 month ago

Coach Jon Cooper indicated that Carle (abdominal surgery) may be cleared to return to the lineup at some point during the Bolts' two-game road trip kicks off Tuesday in Montreal, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.

If Carle indeed returns during the trip, Cooper suggested the second game in Boston on Thursday would represent the most realistic target for getting back in the lineup. The blueliner resumed taking full-contact practice a few days ago and seems to be making decent progress.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 months ago

Carle (abdominal surgery) shed his no-contact jersey for Wednesday's practice and is hoping to return next week, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

He's been sidelined since January. "For me, it (the practice) was good," Carle said. He needs to get himself into game shape, so expect him to be eased back slowly, especially with the addition of Braydon Coburn.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 months ago

Coach Jon Cooper said Thursday that Carle (abdomen) is still at least two weeks away from a return, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.

Carle participated in nearly every drill at Thursday's practice, but the Lightning evidently want him to get several sessions under his belt before greenlighting his activation from injured reserve. He's been out since mid-January with the torn abductor muscle, so he might also need further time to get his conditioning up to par.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 months ago

Carle (abdomen) did some skating and participated in a few non-contact drills with the team at Tuesday's practice, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Carle has missed the last five weeks while recovering from surgery to repair his abdominal muscles. Coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that while Carle won't be ready to play Friday against the Blackhawks, the Lightning hope to have him available at some point during the first week of March.