Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Tampa Bay Lightning finished off their summer shopping by landing one of the big names in the free agent market -- defenseman Matt Carle. Hours after Ryan Suter -- the top defenseman available in free agency -- signed a deal to go to the Minnesota Wild, the Lightning quickly zeroed in on Carle, signing the 27-year-old to a six-year contract worth $33 million. Combined with the earlier signing of free agent defenseman Sami Salo, the Lightning landed a pair of top-four defensemen to help out their struggling blue line. The signing of Carle came four years to the day after he was acquired by Tampa Bay from San Jose in a trade that sent Dan Boyle to the Sharks in 2008. Carle only appeared in 12 games for Tampa Bay that season before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers in a move to reduce salary. Many believed Carle was the second best defenseman available on the free agent market. "I'm really excited. The organization has done a complete 180 degree since I was there the l...
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