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Lightning Appear Set To Open Camp

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

“For the time being, I think we’re set right now,” Yzerman said. “There’s spots on our roster open for competition, and from within the organization we want to give some of our younger players a chance to try to make this team. If through training camp and preseason we determine that some of our younger players aren’t ready for that role, we’ll look to add whether it’s from the remaining free agents or potentially players waived before the start of the season.”

Which brings us back to Ranger. Yzerman said he left the door open for the 25-year-old blue-liner, whose rights the Lightning retains but who must sign by Dec. 1 if he is to play this season.

“I’ve had some very good conversations with him,” Yzerman said. “He’s a really nice young man. I don’t want to speak publicly on his behalf, but he’s sorting out with what he wants to do with his hockey career and with his life….”

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JJ Presents: Beasts of the Southeast

And so it begins…

Sure, I’ve been popping my head in the door sporadically around here since early August but it’s high time we kicked things off in proper fashion.

9/1/2010 officially marks the dawning of the JJ at KK era and the month of September officially means a new hockey season is right around the corner. Players are skating informally, training camps are just a few short weeks away and, before we know it, the puck will drop on the 2010-11 NHL season (returning balance to The Force and bringing puckheads everywhere back down from the ledge).

With this fresh start for me comes a fresh assignment, as I’ve been tasked not only to continue bringing you Tampa Bay Lightning news and opinion but also to chime in on all things happening throughout the Southeast Division.

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The Improving Southeast Division

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Every team in the division has gotten better,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The 24 games we play within the division are not going to be easy for us. For the most part, we’re a very similar team to what we were, so they will know what they’re facing whereas, with some of these teams that have changed more than the others, we’re facing the unknown.”

No team may have altered the landscape more than Tampa Bay as new owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman, who has simultaneously bolstered the franchise’s credibility while overhauling its on- and off-ice personnel in his first few months as general manager.

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Yzerman’s Moves Have Lightning Poised for Marked Improvement

In these early days of the Steve Yzerman era here in Tampa, the consensus opinion on his re-molding of the Lightning roster has been overwhelmingly positive.

He promised a methodical approach and got to work in just that fashion almost immediately, adding here, subtracting there and strengthening the overall product all the while.

Few onlookers, if any, have been unimpressed.

But what has been done under Yzerman to this point, until on-ice results can be considered, that is, has to be labeled with the age-old, “on paper” caveat.

Essentially, Yzerman has shed some dead wood, plugged a few holes, added much-needed depth in key areas and maybe, just maybe, found the spark to reignite his club’s captain’s once-dynamic career. And before we forget, he’s given the hottest young coaching commodity in the hockey world the task of leading these fortified troops to success.

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A Good Feeling In Tampa

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

If I was new to NHL fandom and was picking a team to follow, it’d be Tampa Bay.

The present looks pretty good with Steven Stamkos, Martin St-Louis, Victor Hedman, Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne. Plus there’s finally some depth in goal and a blueline that is looking better. And so does the future with interesting prospects in Brett Connolly, Richard Panik, Carter Ashton and Dana Tyrell up front; big Brock Beukeboom on the back end; and Dustin Tokarski and Cedrick Desjardins in goal.

But it’s the off-ice moves that would have me really jazzed. Owner Jeff Vinik is beginning his first full season at the helm; he’s a Boston hedge-fund guy with enough Benjamins to keep the team afloat and relieve the “win now” pressure that is so

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Randy Jones Signs With Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Randy Jones to a one-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“Randy is a skilled defenseman, capable of playing in all situations on both the right and left side,” Yzerman said. “His addition gives us some needed depth on the blue line.”

Jones, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, has played in 265 career NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings.  He has amassed 18 goals, three power-play goals, three game-winning goals and 90 points.  Last season he played in 48 games with the Kings, recording five goals and 21 points.  His five goals tied his career high and he ranked third among Los Angeles defenders in goals, assists and points.

 

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Report:  Tampa re-signs RFA Steve Downie

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s Tweet:

RFA Steve Downie has agreed to terms on two-year, $3.7M deal with Tampa. Cap hit is $1.85M.

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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

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Lecavalier Will Undergo Minor Procedure On His Knee

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday, August 24 in Tampa. The procedure will be performed by Lightning Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ira Guttentag at the Florida Medical Clinic.

The recovery time will be 3-4 weeks and Lecavalier is expected to be ready to participate in the Lightning’s training camp, which begins Friday, September 17.

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A little more light shed on the Desjardins-Ramo trade

Many Habs fans were left confused on Monday night when the Canadiens traded Cedrick Desjardins, arguably the best goalie in their system after Carey Price, to Tampa Bay for Karri Ramo, a goaltender who has not succeeded in previous NHL stints and is currently committed to Omsk of the KHL.

Well, now we have an answer as to why the deal was made.

Sort of.

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