2013-14 Lightning Op-Ed

A pause to reflect on a season of adversity

Now is a good time to stop and reflect on the season that just ended.

Faith, judgment, and overuse of Ben Bishop

It's unclear what's going on behind the scenes regarding Lightning goaltending situation. One thing is clear, though, and that's the overuse of Ben Bishop.

Thoughts on the end of an era in Tampa Bay

It hit me on Sunday that an era has ended in Tampa, and the path forward doesn't feel as certain as it once did.

A fans opinion and farewell to Marty St. Louis

Thoughts on the Martin St. Louis trade as well as a message to #26 from a loyal fan.

What to expect from Ryan Callahan

Blueshirt Banter's Mike Murphy (known to Raw Charge through his old nickname, Dig Deep) fills us in on Ryan Callahan from a Ranger fan perspective.

Reactions from the trade deadline

How did the Lightning -- and their biggest Eastern Conference rivals -- do at the 2014 NHL trade deadline?

Does Callahan make the Lightning better?

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman didn't answer the question, but we'll try to -- Callahan makes the Lightning different, but does he make them better?

Steve Yzerman addresses media on deadline day

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman addressed the media, looking uncomfortable at times, following the trade of Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.

It's best not to dwell on Marty

despite the long years of success, Marty wanted out and vacated his responsibility as team captain for his own benefit. Don't dwell on the loss, Lightning players and fans. dwell on the road ahead.

Death, taxes, waiver claim?

The Ottawa senators have placed the forward on waivers on Tuesday, making him eligible to be claimed by any of the 29 other NHL clubs. Bringing him back to the organization he had success with may be beneficial.

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Why are the Lightning so tense?

In the Tampa Bay Lightning's two games back after the Olympic Break, the team has had problems putting together a consistent 60-minute effort, though are still in a good spot in the standings. So why are they so tense?

Answer to the rumors, Marty

Addressing the trade request situation wth an admission or a denial is better for all parties and the fans than avoiding the situation.

The change to Tampacuse and Marty St. Louis

Issue that have led to Martin St. Louis' trade request may go beyond an initial Olympic team snub by GM Steve Yzerman.

St. Louis asked for a trade after all?

The Martin St. Louis saga continues in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning may be only a few days away from losing their second captain in two years.

Don't want to play the St. Louis speculation game

Speculation is running rampant about #26 wanting out and... well, I don't want to play that game.

Gudlevskis' magic Olympic moment

For those of us who've watched Gudlevskis since he was drafted, yesterday's amazing game was not a surprise, but it was satisfying and wonderful.

USA's win over Russia at Sochi was no "Miracle"

Like the Beatles influence on music (and the singular event of appearing on Ed Sullivan in February 1964), the "miracle" of Lake Placid by Team USA is an event that is only sullied by modern comparisons.

An outdoor game at Ray Jay? Maybe.

With Los Angeles successfully hosting an outdoor game, the idea of an outdoor game in Tampa seems a lot less far fetched, and according to a source, it's being explored.

The Lightning should find a job for Pavel Kubina

A hard-working young man with a history of hard work and dedication on behalf of the Lightning organization is currently unemployed. Seems like a natural fit to me.

How are the Lightning survivng without Stamkos?

It would have been easy to write off the Lightning when Steven Stamkos went down with a broken leg, but the Bolts, while not thriving, are surviving. How are they doing it? The Raw Charge team takes a look.

Nananananananananana SYRACUSE!

When things go wrong in TampaCuse land, Syracuse is who gets called. But what happens then?

Bolts can still contend without Stamkos

The Tampa Bay Lightning have improved enough as an all-around team to remain in contention for the playoffs without their best player.

Where do the Lightning go from here?

With Steven Stamkos expected out for several months, what exactly are the options available to the Tampa Bay Lightning in an effort to stay competitive enough to win games?

The loss of Stamkos doesn't end the season

Though a major cog from the Tampa Bay Lightning is now out of the lineup indefinitely, that doesn't end the team's ability to contend this season. Nor is it a major loss for Team Canada's Mens ice hockey team.

Caution, optimism: Are the Lightning for real?

The Lightning are one of the surprise teams of the early going in the NHL this season... Are they for real? A very cautious optimism (with a fair shake of wariness) keeps me wondering if it can and will last.

Crisis of conference; Bolts vs. Blues preview

More of an op-ed than a game preview, I note the ho-hum status of the new schedule that forces just too much of a bulk of meaningless games on each team's schedule.

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