The Nashville Predators have announced that they’ve signed former Bolt Matt Carle to a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Nashville, Tenn. (July 25, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed defenseman Matt Carle to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Carle, 31 (9/25/84), is a veteran of 724 NHL contests, amassing 282 points (45g-237a) with San Jose, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. The 6-foot, 197-pound blueliner helped his club advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 with the Lightning, and with Head Coach Peter Laviolette’s Flyers in 2010. The Anchorage, Alaska, native played three seasons for Laviolette from 2009-12, posting 35 points or more each campaign, and has spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, most recently notching nine points (2g-7a) in 64 games in 2015-16. Carle was a 2007 NHL All-Rookie Team selection and YoungStars Game participant, posting a career-high 42 points and 11 goals during his first full season with the San Jose Sharks in 2006-07.

San Jose’s fourth selection, 47th overall (second round), in the 2003 NHL Draft held in Nashville spent three seasons at the University of Denver from 2003-06, winning national titles in 2004 and 2005, and winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player in 2006. The two-time NCAA All-American and 2003 USHL Defenseman of the Year also won gold medals at the 2002 World Under-18 Championship and 2004 World Junior Championship, as well as a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championship, where he played with Predators forward Craig Smith and was coached by Assistant Coach Phil Housley.

Carle was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning just prior to free agency opening. He had two years left on his contract with a $5.5 million cap hit. The Lightning saved $3.63 million by buying out his contract and have stretched the remaining $7.26 owed over the next four seasons for a cap hit of $1,833,333 per year.

Nashville will present an opportunity for the veteran blueliner to rebuild his value while providing depth for the Predators. While Carle was often the brunt of many jokes, heckling, and anger from Lightning fans, he was always a stand up teammate and person in Tampa. Whenever he had public appearances, he was always nice and polite to fans.

We want to wish Matt the best of luck in Nashville as he continues his career in the NHL.