Islanders reduce camp roster by 23, release Carkner from PTO

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The New York Islanders reduced their training camp roster by 23 players on Saturday and 34-year-old defenseman Matt Carkner found himself released from his PTO as part of those cuts.

This is the latest chapter in Carkner’s unusual career path. After playing in a single game with San Jose at the age of 25 and then getting another cup of coffee with Ottawa when he was 28, his NHL career truly started in 2009-10 while he was 29 (as of Nov. 3 of that campaign).

He’s gone on to to participate in 237 contests with San Jose, Ottawa, and the Islanders, but didn’t play in the NHL last season. Now the question is if he’ll still manage to claw his way onto a roster once more.

The Islanders also released Tyler Barnes and Parker Milner from their PTOs. Among the other players that got reassigned to their respective junior teams are notable prospects Matt Finn and Sebastian Collberg.

James Wright, who is a 25-year-old veteran of 146 NHL games but spent the 2014-15 campaign in the KHL, was among those placed on waivers by the Islanders.