Just like most of our players he's been struggling lately. At the beginning of the season after the first couple of games I thought he wasn't flashy but he gets the job done. His shot is soft as **** though.
I also think using him on the left side on the PP is a mistake. Last night he was on the right and looked a lot better.
As for a NMC/NTC:
KNOWN CLAUSES (note: if player has been traded, clauses may no longer apply): Modified NTC
Carle is frustrating. He's REALLY frustrating at $5.5m, and even moreso when he's paired with Eric "who put concrete in my skates?" Brewer. The turnovers are constant, and a lot of his issues seem like they are easily fixed by not playing lazy.
As far as NTC/NMC, I don't know of any, and couldn't find it in the articles when he was signed as a FA from philly. Edit: Good find LightningStikes. I'm wrong.
Would a move to Ottawa make sense b/c of the Karlsson injury? Do they have cap space/the ability to shift things around for a guy like him? I'm not sure moving him is the answer, but the guy has to do something different, and soon. Also, he could stand to take shooting lessons from Salo.
With that contract we are most likely stuck with him for at least 4 more years. The sad thing is even with how bad he's been he's still our third best defenseman, that's how bad our D has been.
Hedman, Salo, Aulie and Gudas (I know it's a small sample size, but I liked what I saw) have all been better than him. I would argue that Brewer and Lee have been slightly better at times too. They at least play the body sometimes and don't have the muscle structure of wet linguine. I would personally say that Carle has been our WORST defenseman this year.
Stars winger Jaromir Jagr just turned 41, but his unique take on training methods is spreading throughout the team. Here are three things he likes to do that teammates have followed:
Weighted stick: Jagr takes a barbell weight and places it on the blade of his stick, then works the stick back and forth to build strength in his wrists and forearms. Player reaction: “My wrists hurt after a minute, so I’m sure it works.” — defenseman Brenden Dillon.
Brendan Dillon is also really good at hockey. I wish TB would have gotten him.
Marek vs. Wyshynski had Heika on about two weeks back where he gave some more details on it.
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A serviceable 3-4 Dman, but with that contract(LMAO) he is useless and we are probably stuck with him. Although Gomez was able to be moved so there is hope. Never liked him though, I don't see his skills being able to overtake his lack of stature/physicality.
It's too early to think about buying out Matt Carle. We can use one of the compliance buyouts in the summer following next season, so I think it's almost guaranteed Matt Carle will at least get one more season in a Lightning uniform.
I gave him a few years and defended him for a while before giving up in exasperation.
And yes, his shot is horrific. It's just the worst. It got to the point in Philly where they'd clog the shooting lanes and hope he'd shoot, and nobody had the slightest fear of blocking his shots. It was like watching people intercept a pass, given how much they'd carry it out of the zone afterwards. When he had the puck, nobody was worried about his shot, and it's probably the reason the Flyers produced less offense all year while he was on the ice; he was easy to defend.
Does he still skate straight backwards into the crease, letting opposing players drive in for a better shot? Do opposing players still have no problem dancing around him if he attempts to be aggressive? Does he still get beaten along the boards because he doesn't do anything?
Down in the basement, I've got a Craftsman lathe. Show it to the children when they misbehave.