Matthew Carle D TB 23 Days

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 29 Days

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 1 Month

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.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 Month

Carle (hip) participated in drills for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery in January, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.Carle's initial timetable for a return was six-to-eight weeks, and it appears that he'll return right around the middle of that estimation as he's on track to return in early-to-mid March. Any sign of progress is encouraging, but he still seems to be at least two weeks away from game action.

Matthew Carle D TB 1 Month

Carle got on the ice and did some skating after Tampa Bay's practice on Saturday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.Carle is now in week four of his six-to-eight week recovery time table. While it's certainly promising that Carle was able to get back onto the ice on Saturday, he likely won't return to game action for at least another weak.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 Months

Carle (hip) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, according to the official NHL media site.

The Lightning haven't recalled a player from AHL Syracuse to assume Carle's spot on the 23-man roster, but the option will now be there for the team when it embarks on a road trip beginning in St. Louis next week. Carle is approximately at the two-week mark of his expected six-to-eight week recovery timetable.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 Months

Carle (hip) has a torn abductor muscle and will miss 6-to-8 weeks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Carle suffered the injury Thursday against Edmonton, and he sat out Sunday's win over the Avalanche. The defenseman will undergo surgery Tuesday and should be expected back by mid-to-late March. The 30-year-old has amassed 14 points (10 assists, four goals) this season in an average of 20:35 TOI/G.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 Months

Coach Jon Cooper said Saturday that Carle (unspecified injury) will likely be out until after the All-Star break, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.

With Carle set to sit out Saturday's game against the Avalanche, it will be the first match the blueliner has missed since Mar. 27, 2010, snapping a streak of 347 consecutive games played. The Lightning are still evaluating him to determine the nature and severity of his injury, but it looks like he could be at risk of landing on IR. Fortunately, the Bolts are expected to welcome back top defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) back in the lineup Saturday, which lessens the blow of Carle's absence.

Matthew Carle D TB 2 Months

Carle is undergoing evaluation for an unspecified injury, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.

With Carle's status for Saturday's game against the Avs unclear, the Lightning have recalled fellow defenseman Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse. Carle notched an assist in 17:44 worth of ice time in Thursday's win over the Oilers.

Matthew Carle D TB 3 Months

Carle tallied yet another assist, this time in Sunday's win over Ottawa, and in doing so extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists).

Huh? Has he finally woken up? He has five points in his last six games and suddenly looks like he might be relevant again. Capitalize right now and drop him when he slows down.