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Informal workouts show the season is closer than you think

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It's not a big media event that defines a sport like baseball, but quietly throughout the continent, NHL players are starting to get back together and work out in preparation for the 2010-11...

SB Nation's mock Expansion, Expansion Draft

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It'll be playing out over the next few days, but SB Nation is putting together a mock-expansion draft. Raw Charge will have to submit a protected list and we'll be participating in other facets that ar e required of us... That's not the point though. Right now, you -- the reader, the prospective voter -- get to pick what cities should get (fake, made up, only for the sake of this exercise) expansion teams. Click on the title link and read the post about the Expansion mock draft and vote for your choices for the home of our expansion-exercise NHL cities.

Bolts Brigade auditions today and September 2nd

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Auditions for the Tampa Bay Lightning Bolts Brigade are ongoing at the St. Pete Times Forum this evening at 5:30 PM and on September 2nd (also at 5:30), If you're interested in participating in either audition event, you need to fill out a registration form and bring it (along with a photo ID) to the St. Pete Times Forum. Good luck!

NHL announce the 2010-11 national TV schedule

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Today the NHL announced the television schedule for its national broadcasting partners NBC, Versus, NHL Network and for those of you in Canada, CBC, TSN and RDS. The Tampa Bay Lightning will have...

Lightning continue to solidify roster; re-sign Downie, ink Jones

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The Tampa Bay Lightning put Steve Downie under contract for two-years. Meanwhile, they have added Randy Jones to the blue line.

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

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

Bob McKenzie -- via Twitter

Tuesday night link dump and open thread

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Another Tuesday, another link dump and open thread for your entertainment. Reading, community, tasteless jokes... it's all here.

Norfolk Admirals add assistant coach

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The Norfolk Admirals have added NAHL coach Mike Flanagan to their coaching staff. Flanagan is the first assistant hired for new coach Jon Cooper.

Summer Fill: Catching up with the Edmonton Oilers via Copper & Blue

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The SB Nation "Summer Fill" series is back in 2010 and Raw Charge poses a couple of questions about the Edmonton Oilers to the staff of Copper & Blue.

Lecavalier to undergo minor arthroscopic procedure

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With less than a month to go before camp opens for the Tampa Bay Lightning, captain Vincent Lecavalier is scheduled to have a minor operation on his knee.

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