Lightning sign D Carle to six-year, $33M contract Staff

7/4/2012 9:56:28 PM

Free agent defenceman Matt Carle has signed a six-year, $33 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 27-year-old Carle was one of the most sought-after free agents. In 82 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last year, Carle netted four goals and 38 points.

This will be Carle's second stint with the Lightning, he played 12 games for them during the 2008-2009 season.

The Alaska native has spent the past four seasons in Philly.

He was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the second round, 47th overall of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and played parts of three seasons in San Jose.

In 471 career games, Carle has 32 goals and 202 points. He is a career plus-55.