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Matt Carle Agrees To 6-Year, $33 Million Contract With Tampa Bay Lightning

Late Wednesday night, unrestricted free agent Matt Carle reportedly agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract ($5.5 million annual cap-hit) with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This will be Carle’s second stint with the Lightning as he played with the franchise for 12 games in the 2008-09 season prior to being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers with a 2009 third-round draft pick in exchange for Steve Downie, Steve Eminger and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick.

Carle went on to play four seasons with the Flyers registering 15 goals and 122 assists for 137 points over 308 games.  He only missed 20 games during his time with the franchise.

While he was a polarizing figure that seemed to be either loved or hated, Carle was a capable puck-moving defenseman who shouldered a majority of the minutes averaging 22:26 time on ice over his four years with the team.

Despite discussions that led many to believe that the team was interested in re-signing Carle (at a below market value at that), it now becomes clear there was a disconnect at some point.

Ultimately, Dennis Wideman’s five-year contract carrying an annual cap-hit of $5.25 million with the Calgary Flames, in addition to the Flyers reported $102 million offer to Ryan Suter probably played some kind of factor.

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