NHL Free Agency 2012: Lightning Sign D Matt Carle

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent defenseman Matt Carle to a six-year contract. Whispers of the agreement started floating around Twitter earlier in the evening on Wednesday, and the team confirmed the news at about 9:45 p.m. Eastern.

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that the six-year deal was worth $33 million.

After missing out on free agent Ryan Suter, who was signed by the Wild, the Flyers were believed to be interested in re-signing Carle, who spent the last three and a half years of his career in Philadelphia.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Flyers were said to be nearing a deal with yeoman blueliner Bruno Gervais, who played for the Lightning last season. Reports of that deal had said not to rule out an attempt at Carle too, but that proved to be wrong.

You can read more about the Philadelphia Flyers at Broad Street Hockey. For more on the NHL draft and additional news, notes and analysis around the league during the season and offseason, be sure to check out SB Nation's dedicated hub page.

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