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7 Matt Carkner D
Height/Weight: 6-4/227 | Birthdate: 11/3/1980 | Birthplace: Winchester, Ontario, Canada | Team: New York Islanders | College: None | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/0 | Average Draft Position: 149.56
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10/6/2014

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Isles Carkner Headed To IR

News: Matt Carkner (upper body) will start the season on IR, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner hasn't skated in a few days now, and will be stashed on IR until he can be cleared for practice. The blueliner tallied three assists and 149 PIM in 53 games last season.

10/3/2014

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Still Day-To-Day

News: Matt Carkner remained off the ice Friday with an upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner won't play in the Islanders' final preseason game Friday, putting his status in question for the Oct. 10 regular season opener. Regardless, aside from in leagues that count penalty minutes, Carkner projects as a below-average contributor in nearly every other fantasy category.

9/27/2014

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Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Day-To-Day

News: Matt Carkner (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner's injury is day-to-day, so it's safe to assume he'll be available for the start of the regular season unless more information comes out.

2/11/2014

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Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Making Minimal Impact

News: Matt Carkner has three points and a minus-9 rating in 38 games for the Islanders on the season.
Analysis: Aside from leagues that count penalty minutes, a category Matt Carkner leads the Islanders in with 95 PIM, the defenseman doesn't offer much fantasy utility. That's especially true now to Lubomir Visnovsky and Travis Hamonic are back healthy, as Carkner hasn't even seen the ice since Jan. 27.

3/21/2013

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Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Returns

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) will return to action Thursday against Montreal.
Analysis: With Matt Carkner back in the Isles' lineup, Radek Martinek will take a seat on Thursday.

3/20/2013

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Nears Return

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) could come off IR for Thursday's game against Montreal, Newsday reports.
Analysis: In that case, Matt Carkner, who has been sidelined since Feb. 5, would likely step into the lineup for Radek Martinek on Thursday.

3/12/2013

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Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Back On Ice

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) was back on the ice Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Matt Carkner has been out for a little over a month with this injury, but looks to be close to a return. Carkner's only real value to the Isles is the toughness he adds to the lineup and his ability to clear out opposing players from the crease.

2/27/2013

Matt Carkner, D, NYI Isles' Carkner May Have Suffered Setback

Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner May Have Suffered Setback

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) may have suffered a setback, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Matt Carkner was skating and thought to be close to a return about 10 days ago, but is now off the ice and not practicing with the team. Consider him out indefinitely as a result.

2/17/2013

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Islanders' Carkner Not Expected To Play Monday

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) practiced Sunday but is not expected to play Monday against the Flyers.
Analysis: Matt Carkner, who is currently on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, has failed to make much of an impact so far this season (zero points), so his expected absence Monday shouldn't hamper too many fantasy lineups.

2/16/2013

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Expected To Return Monday

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) is expected to return Monday versus Philadelphia, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Matt Carkner's only real value to the Isles and fantasy owners is with his toughness and ability to drop the gloves, which could come in handy against the Flyers.

2/8/2013

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Matt Carkner

Isles Place Carkner On IR

News: Matt Carkner (lower body) was placed on IR Friday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: The move was made to open up a roster spot for Josh Bailey. The Isles also have an extra d-man now that Lubomir Visnovsky has reported.

2/7/2013

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Matt Carkner

Isles' Carkner Day-To-Day With Injury

News: Matt Carkner is out for Thursday's game against the Rangers with a lower body injury, ESPN New York reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner has started slow this season but has totaled 20 penalty minutes along with six shots on goal. He is out for Thursday's game but it could be short-term.

7/1/2012

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Matt Carkner

Isles Officially Sign Carkner

News: Matt Carkner officially signed with the Islanders for three years and $4.5 million on Sunday, according to Newday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: It was originally thought Colorado had signed Matt Carkner but apparently the Isles swooped in late with a better offer before pen hit paper. This deal should also add a little vinegar to the rivalry between the Isles and Rangers as Carkner was a target of the Blueshirts after boarding Brian Boyle during the first round of the playoffs.

7/1/2012

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Matt Carkner

No Avs Deal For Carkner, Now Long Island Bound

News: Matt Carkner's contract with Colorado has not been officially announced and now there are reports he has actually signed a three-year deal with the Islanders, according to TSN's Aaron Ward.
Analysis: It appears Matt Carkner passed on the Avs' offer when the Isles offered a third year. There are no details of the deal, but he brings a big, surly presence to the Isles' back end.

7/1/2012

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Matt Carkner

Avs Ink Carkner

News: Matt Carkner has signed with the Avalanche, according to the Avalanche's Twitter feed.
Analysis: An official announcement is expected soon. He brings toughness to the Avs' back end and sin bin points to your fantasy squad.

4/16/2012

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Sens' Carkner Facing Disciplinary Hearing

News: Matt Carkner will have a hearing with the NHL's VP of discipline Brendan Shanahan on Sunday regarding his punch of New York's Brian Boyle on Saturday, the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner started the ugly brawl and was thrown out during the first period of Saturday's game. A suspension appears likely for Carkner.

4/15/2012

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Sens' Carkner Gets One-Game Suspension

News: Matt Carkner has been suspended one game for his punch of the Rangers' Brain Boyle, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner's punch ignited a brutal brawl in Game 2 of the Senators' series with the Rangers. He'll be back for Game 4.

4/14/2012

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Matt Carkner

Sens' Carkner Ejected

News: Matt Carkner was ejected from Game 2 on Saturday after starting an ugly fight at the 2:15 mark of the first period. He received a two-minute minor for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a 10-minute game misconduct.
Analysis: He threw Brian Boyle to the ice and as Boyle attempted to cover his face to protect himself, Matt Carkner lost his mind and started to just wail on the helpless Ranger. The move was to avenge Boyle's mistreatment of Erik Karlsson in Game 1 but the move left the Sens with just five defensemen for the rest of the game.

2/29/2012

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Matt Carkner

Sens' Carkner Will Be Scratched Tuesday

News: Matt Carkner will be a healthy scratch Tuesday night against Boston, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Matt Gilroy is taking his place in the lineup, although we would be surprised if there are any fantasy owners in position to feel pain with Matt Carkner spending Tuesday night -- and potentially some time beyond -- in the press box.

12/11/2011

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Carkner Back In Sens Lineup Saturday

News: Matt Carkner will play his first game of the season Saturday night against the Canucks after recovering from a knee injury reports the Ottawa Citizen.
Analysis: While he has little fantasy value apart from penalty minutes, Matt Carkner's energy level should be pretty high Saturday night which should carry over to his other teammates. He played some warmup games in Binghamton with Ottawa's AHL affiliate and was recalled on Thursday.

12/8/2011

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Senators Recall Carkner

News: The Senators recalled Matt Carkner (knee) from AHL Binghamton on Thursday, according to the team's official Twitter page.
Analysis: Matt Carkner was sent to Binghamton last week on a conditioning assignment. He has not appeared in an NHL game this season after undergoing knee surgery in September, but he is ready to re-join the NHL club after playing in three AHL games. Carkner will not play Thursday, but don't be surprised if he makes his season debut in Saturday's game against the Canucks.

12/1/2011

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Matt Carkner

Sens' Send Carkner On Conditioning Assignment

News: Matt Carkner has been sent down to the AHL for a coniditioning assignment, the Senators' official Twitter feed reports.
Analysis: Look for Matt Carkner to be back with the top squad in a couple of weeks. He doesn't add much offensively for either the Senators or fantasy teams, but he's a penalty minute monster -- in 131 games since 2009, he's record 326 penalty minutes.

11/22/2011

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Senators' Carkner Cleared For Full Practice

News: Matt Carkner (knee) has been cleared to participate fully in practices, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Matt Carkner will need a few practice sessions to get back into playing shape, but the Senators expect to have him available again within the next two weeks.

11/9/2011

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Senators' Carkner Still A Couple Weeks Away

News: Matt Carkner (knee) took part in Wednesday's morning skate, the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Though Matt Carkner skated Wednesday, head coach Paul MacLean said he is still a couple weeks away from returning to game action.

11:03 AM

Matt Carkner, D, NYI

Matt Carkner

Senators' Carkner Skates For First Time In Rehab

News: Matt Carkner took the ice for the Senators morning skate on Saturday. It was the first time he skated after knee surgery almost a month ago.
Analysis: For fantasy purposes, Carker really only helps with penalty minutes, and seeing as there is still no timetable for his return, you can look elsewhere if you need a tough guy.