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Lightning Acquire Matt Carle, Ty Wishart From San Jose

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defensemen Matt Carle and Ty Wishart along with San Jose’s first-round pick in 2009 and its fourth-round pick in 2010 in exchange for defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.

"We are thrilled to add a player with Matt's abilities to our roster as we continue our plan of retooling and refinishing the Lightning team," said Vice President of Hockey Operations Brian Lawton. "He quarterbacked the number one power play unit in the NHL two seasons ago as a rookie and he clearly will add speed and skill to our lineup. He fits with our plan of trying to getting younger and better."

"Anytime you consider trading a player of Dan Boyle's caliber, you have to be sure of your options and subsequent decisions. For years, Dan has been a big part of the Lightning's success, but we felt the need to make this move was in the best interest of our present and our future. We know this has been difficult for Dan and his family but he has been nothing but a professional through the entire process and we thank him for that."

Carle, 6-foot, 205 pounds, played in 62 games with San Jose last season.  He recorded two goals and 15 points with two power-play goals.  He ranked fifth on the team among San Jose defensemen in points.  Carle played in 11 playoff games and recorded one assist.

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Carle has played in 151 career NHL games.  He has tallied 16 career goals and registered 63 points with 12 power-play goals.  He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2006-07 after playing in 77 games with the Sharks and scoring 11 goals with 42 points.  Carle led the Sharks in scoring among defenseman and was sixth overall.  He also led all rookie defensemen in scoring and ranked sixth overall in the NHL.  Carle has skated in 33 career playoff games, recording two goals and nine points.  He also represented the United States at the 2004 World Junior Championships, scoring one goal in six games.

Prior to joining the Sharks, Carle played three seasons at the University of Denver.  He played in 110 games with the Pioneers, recording 28 goals and 119 points.  He won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate player and was named the WCHA’s top player in 2005-06.  Carle became the first player in WCHA history to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season while leading all NCAA defensemen in goals, assists and points.  He was named to the first-team NCAA All-American Team in 2004-05 as he won his second consecutive national championship.

A first-round draft choice, Wishart was San Jose's first selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, 16th overall. The 6-5, 210-pound defenseman played 72 games with Prince George and Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League last season, recording 16 goals and 67 points. He also played in five games with the Worchester Sharks of the American Hockey League to finish the season.

A native of Comox, British Columbia, Wishart played in 262 career WHL games with Prince George and Moose Jaw.  He netted 33 career goals and recorded 161 points.  He played in 26 playoff games and netted four goals with 15 points.

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