Veteran defenseman Matt Carle retires at age of 32

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Veteran defenseman Matt Carle is retiring after playing for four different NHL teams, most recently the Nashville Predators.

The 32-year-old Carle announced his retirement Friday in a news release sent by the Predators. Carle played six games for Nashville this season and had one assist.

He previously played for the San Jose Sharks (2007-08), Tampa Bay Lightning (2008-09 and 2012-16) and Philadelphia Flyers (2009-12). He had 45 career goals and 238 assists in 730 regular-season games.

Carle said in a statement that ''it has been an honor to be a player in the National Hockey League and to play for four great organizations over the past 12 seasons.''

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