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Movin’ On
I’ll do my best to keep this short and simple because by and large, it is. On Tuesday evening, it was decided that I would not be continuing here at Kukla’s Korner for the 2011-12 season. This decision was mutual and the split, amicable, largely based on the simple fact…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 09/08/11 | Comments 17

The Bolts Beat Returns to the Airwaves this Season on ESPN1040 in Tampa
After a summer of far more inactivity than I intended, so far as hockey coverage goes, it brings me great satisfaction to jump back into things tonight (albeit ever-so-briefly) to announce some very positive news. What began as an upstart podcast has now found a home on local AM radio.…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 08/18/11 | Comments 0

Welcome, One and All
Just a quick hit here from me today on a totally off-the-ice front (or two): A big time welcome and congratulations to the many newcomers to KK that have landed here in recent weeks, launching their new (or relocated) blogs and a very special shoutout to my man Brian Metzer,…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/27/11 | Comments 0

Update on Malone Surgery: “Should” be Ready for Training Camp
As Paul pointed to here last night, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported via Twitter that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone recently underwent shoulder surgery and could be facing 4-6 months recovery time, leaving him unavailable to the Bolts until as late as mid-December. A team spokesperson confirmed the surgery to…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/23/11 | Comments 0

With Stamkos Re-Inked and Purcell on Deck, Bolts are Sitting Pretty
And there you have it… Stammergeddon ends up being about as valuable as any doomsday prophecy we’ve seen come and go in recent years, while Steven Stamkos comes in at a $7.5 million cap hit for the Tampa Bay Lightning over five years, which, all things considered, is excellent value…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/19/11 | Comments 0

The Silliness of Summer
Beyond the madness of July 1, some time round about, oh, now each year, things tend to taper off so far as action in the hockey world goes. In the absence of actual news, much like what no beer and no TV once did to Homer Simpson, people tend to…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/18/11 | Comments 3

So, Yeah… About That Stamkos Deal…
Stay calm. Don’t panic. Rest assured. It will get done, in due time, this second contract for Steven Stamkos, that is… It’s all part of the process, standard negotiating procedure, part of a give and take… And so on and so forth. That’s what’s being fed to the masses locally…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/15/11 | Comments 4

Catching Up on What’s Happened (and What Hasn’t) for the Bolts This Summer
It’s been a full week since last I posted and I am pleased to report that four of those seven days were planned away time spent in South Florida doing whatever it is that resembles relaxation for the parents of young children. (I think I slept less than I normally…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/08/11 | Comments 2

Great Fit for Smith in Phoenix
Heard some whispers a couple of days ago that it was a distinct possibility and
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/01/11 | Comments 0

Ouellet Returns to Tampa
Forward Michel Ouellet, who last played in the NHL in 2008-09 for Vancouver, has been signed to a one-year, two-way deal by the Tampa Bay Lightning according to Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press. Ouellet played in Tampa in 2007-08, scoring 17 goals and 36 points in 64 games. He…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/01/11 | Comments 0

Garon Inked in Tampa
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Lightning have signed goaltender Mathieu Garon to a two-year deal with a $1.3 million cap hit. Goaltender Mike Smith, now an unrestricted free agent, will likely resume his NHL career elsewhere. Garon spent the past two seasons in Columbus and has also played for Pittsburgh,…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 07/01/11 | Comments 0

Scattered Thoughts on the Eve of Free Agency: Stamkos, Richards and Much More
Can one’s thoughts be anything but scattered at this time of year? I mean, hell, just look at Jaromir Jagr, who apparently disappeared off the face of the planet just when everyone was expecting him back in Pittsburgh. (How no one aside from myself has implicated the infamous Deven Dark…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/30/11 | Comments 4

A Sensible Approach to the Silliest of Seasons
As the start of free agency nears, hockey folks everywhere will scour the rosters of all 30 NHL clubs, trying to identify potential holes to be filled or positions in need of an upgrade through the madness that begins on July 1st. It’s only natural – and it’s a fun…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/28/11 | Comments 3

Lightning Ink Gervais
Defenseman Bruno Gervais, acquired by Tampa Bay from the New York Islanders for future considerations during day two of the NHL Entry Draft this past weekend, has been signed to a one-year, one-way contract by the Lightning, the club announced today. Terms of the deal were not made available in…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/27/11 | Comments 0

Scratch Brewer Off the UFA List: Where Does That Leave Tampa Bay?
If a reported $3.85 million in averaged annual salary is correct, defenseman Eric Brewer’s contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning brings a reduced cap hit to the tune of about $400,000 less than what it was on his previous deal. And, in a summer with so many contracts needing…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/24/11 | Comments 2

Draft Weekend Brings Hope and Help, Turning One Season Into the Next
The NHL Entry Draft is one of those annual “hope springs eternal” events. If the awards show bids farewell to a season gone by, the selection process for the latest prospect crop marks the league’s transition into next year. Just like that, every club starts anew. Just like that, the…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/24/11 | Comments 0

No Name, No Logo, No Jersey but Hell, They Have a Web Site!
Behold, winnipeg.nhl.com. Now then, who will become the first-ever draft choice of the second-ever go-round for the WinnipegJets Whatevers this weekend? And what will they wear on stage? Oh, and officially, R.I.P., Atlanta Thrashers. Condolences to those whose career paths have now been drastically altered.
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/21/11 | Comments 3

Fleischmann Should be Healthy - With the Avs or Elsewhere?
From the Denver Post‘s Adrian Dater: It’s June 21, 10 days before the start of free agency, and the Avs and Fleischmann have yet to talk at all about a new contract. On July 1, Fleischmann can talk to any team, as an unrestricted free agent. Fleischmann scored 21 points…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/21/11 | Comments 4

Bettman Expects Devils’ Potential Sale Won’t Need His Involvement
From Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti: A report in The Hockey News earlier this month said the commissioner would “focus on the situations in New Jersey and Los Angeles” after the Atlanta/Winnipeg sale and Dallas’ sale were resolved. “I don’t know who wrote that or why, but no,” Bettman said…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/21/11 | Comments 7

Shea Weber Talks Contract (Briefly)
With Josh Cooper of The Tennesseean: “It’s going to take care of itself. It will sort itself out. My agent is taking care of it with David [Poile], I’m sure it will work itself out,” Weber said. “We’ve been talking the last little while here and hopefully things will continue…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/21/11 | Comments 0

The Stanley Cup is Priceless but the Bar Tab’ll be $156,679.74, Please
And here I was thinking I’d been to some serious parties in my day… Our friends at Puck Daddy (via their friends at SixteenWins.com) help to grow the legend of the Boston Bruins’ blowout Stanley Cup celebration at MGM Grand at Foxwood’s SHRINE with a tasty graphic representation of all…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/21/11 | Comments 5

Dad’s Day is Special
Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow dads out there. Waking up this morning to my two boys climbing all over me and giving me homemade Father’s Day cards (and a new pair of sunglasses, which I will try to spare from suffering the same fate as my last good…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/19/11 | Comments 1

Easy to Pull for Tim Thomas, Ain’t It?
How can younot like this guy? (Vancouver fans: You, of course, are excused from answering.) I was fortunate enough to chat with him briefly in Raleigh during All-Star Weekend earlier this season and caught him at the podium during the East Final but it seems like Tim Thomas has a…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/15/11 | Comments 3

Change is Inevitable for Tampa Bay This Summer
Decisions, decisions. For general manager Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning, this summer carries that theme. With no less than 12 expiring contracts set to come off the books, conventional wisdom dictates that this team, which enjoyed so much success in year one under Yzerman and head coach Guy…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 06/14/11 | Comments 6

Opposing Viewpoints: A Final Look Back at the Boston/Tampa Bay Eastern Conference Final
To put a wrap on a thrilling Eastern Conference Final series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net joins me one last time for our collaborative reflections on what went right for the Bruins, wrong for the Lightning and a little in between. *** JJ:…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/29/11 | Comments 2

Lightning Season Ends in Boston but 2010-11 Successes Pave the Way for the Future
You’ll hear that they left it all on the ice. It’s a hockey cliché that is thrown out there, more often than in any other situation, when a team falls short of accomplishing a task at hand. But Sean Bergenheim left a groin out there in warmups. Dwayne Roloson left…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/28/11 | Comments 5

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 7): On Bolts’ 5-on-5 Play, Goalie Struggles, Officiating & Chocolate!
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In our final Q&A of the series (tear, weep, sob), I address Tampa…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/27/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on Sloppy Game 6, Krejci’s Hatter, Chara up Front on the PP & Game 7 Pick
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In this installment, Matt touches on the sloppiness of Game 6, David Krejci’s…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/27/11 | Comments 0

VIDEO: Boston Player Engages With Tampa Fan
An electric scene at the St. Pete Times Forum got a little ugly beyond the final horn sounded to wrap up Tampa Bay’s 5-4 Game 6 win on Wednesday, as a large portion of the home crowd chose to toss the giveaway rally drums to the ice as their method…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/26/11 | Comments 10

Photo Captures St. Louis Well: Intense, Humble, Clutch
Quickly this morning, I just wanted to pass along a shot from today’s Tampa Tribune, which I believe captures a lot of what makes Martin St. Louis such an impact player for the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis, of course, led the Bolts last night with a three-point performance, including…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/26/11 | Comments 0

Stars Shine for Tampa, Forcing Game 7 Friday Night
The stars were out for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final and though this one was yet another example in a seemingly endless string of unpredictable tilts in this series, in the end, it was the hometown Bolts prevailing to force a Game 7…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/26/11 | Comments 0

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 6): On Roloson/Smith, Downie/Boychuk and Game 6 Keys for Tampa
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In today’s Q&A, I give my take on Lightning head coach Guy Boucher…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/25/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on the Inimitable Thomas, Ups & Downs of Horton, Steady Seidenberg & More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. Here’s our latest banter, where Matt and I discuss the heroics of Tim…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/24/11 | Comments 0

Time for Tampa Bay’s Biggest Stars to Shine in Game 6
Whether Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher goes back to Dwayne Roloson or sticks with Mike Smith in a must-win Game 6 tomorrow night, in all likelihood, won’t be the biggest factor in determining the game’s outcome. The Bolts can win in front of either netminder and each is…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/24/11 | Comments 0

Lightning’s Fast Turnaround Pleases and Impresses - but Doesn’t Surprise - Former GM Feaster
On the day Jay Feaster’s interim tag was removed as Calgary’s general manager last Monday, his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, would jump out to a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final with a 5-2 performance on the road. Feaster, who resigned from…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/23/11 | Comments 3

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 5): On the Best-of-Three for a Crack at the Cup, Goalies and More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In this morning’s installment, I attempt to make some sort of prediction for…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/23/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on Expecting the Unexpected, More Woes for Kaberle & Tampa Physical Play
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. *** JJ: Four games in and I think we can say with some…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/22/11 | Comments 0

Clutch Relief Performance Brings Mike Smith Full Circle and the Lightning Into a 2-2 Series Tie
He spoke of Tampa in a consistent past tense and yearned for an opportunity elsewhere. He looked at an AHL stint as a chance to refine his game, showcase his skills and provide leadership for those just starting their professional hockey careers. He did not expect to be back in…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/21/11 | Comments 3

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 4): On Production from TB’s “Big 3”, Physicality, Fans’ Energy & More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. Here are my answers to Matt’s latest queries on the happenings in this…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/21/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on Pointless Seguin (Noooo!), Boston’s Fast Start, Cheerleaders(?) & More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In this session, Matt takes on my tough questions on such topics as…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/20/11 | Comments 0

Early Mistake Paves the Way as Boston Shuts Down Tampa in Game Three
It came only 1:09 into the game but it stood up for the remaining 58:51. David Krejci’s first period goal put the Boston Bruins ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning last night in game three of the Eastern Conference Final but the team’s stifling defensive effort kept them there and…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/20/11 | Comments 0

This & That: Some Last Minute Pregame Thought on Sign Sensitivity, Bergeron Back, Cheap Trick & More
How’s some scattered thought from the periphery of the Eastern Conference Final sound to take up some of your time before tonight’s opening faceoff? Good? Good. Cause that’s what I got right now… *** What’s the big deal? That’s what I’ve been screaming about folks taking offense to some of…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/19/11 | Comments 0

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 3): On a Nutty Game Two, Lightning Adjustments, Super Seguin and More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In this morning’s installment, I give my take on what the Lightning will…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/19/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on Game Two, Seguin’s Explosion, Bergeron’s Return, Horton’s Head & More
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In this session, Matt responds to my latest inquisition on such topics as…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/18/11 | Comments 2

The Bear’s Been Poked: How Will Boston Respond? (Plus, Thoughts on Potential Relocation for Atlanta)
With a convincing 5-2 game one victory, the Tampa Bay Lightning took the early edge in the Eastern Conference Final over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. The Bolts outscored, outhustled, outcoached and just about outeverythinged the Bs in their own barn in the series opener, swinging things in their…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/17/11 | Comments 0

He Asked, I Answered (ECF Vol. 2): On Impact of Roloson/Brewer, Hedman vs Lucic & Pregame Traditions
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. Here’s our latest back-and-forth, my responses to his questions on the impact of…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/16/11 | Comments 0

Opposing Viewpoint: Kalman on Game 1, Kaberle Struggles, Seguin’s Playoff Debut (and ‘Stache Power?)
Throughout the Eastern Conference Final, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net and I will be providing some insight from our respective sides with reaction to each game result and a look to what’s ahead via a series of Q&As. In our latest session, Matt responds to my queries on the disappointing game…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/15/11 | Comments 0

At This Point, Continued Lightning Success Should Be No Surprise
At this point, I suppose there should no longer be any surprise factor to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s continued playoff success. Not when they’ve just completed their eighth straight postseason victory to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final. This team has quickly evolved from having some…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/15/11 | Comments 7

He Asked, I Answered: On Boucher’s Intensity, Bergenheim’s Emergence and Hedman’s Development
After launching our Eastern Conference Final allied coverage with an in-depth series preview on Tuesday, Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog.net stepped up yesterday to lead off our ongoing series of Q&As that will hit before and/or after each game between the Lightning and Bruins. Today, my first set of responses to…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/13/11 | Comments 3

Opposing Viewpoint: Matt Kalman of TheBruinsBlog on Bergeron, Chara and Victor (or Anton?) Hedman
At long last, the Boston/Tampa Bay Eastern Conference Final is nearly upon us. While we broke down the series in serious depth the other day (and made predictions for which my popularity rating has surely plummeted yet again), that was only the tip of the iceberg, as far as the…
Posted by Jon Jordan on 05/12/11 | Comments 0

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