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Opening Night for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Last season's over. Deal with it. This season begins tonight in Atlanta, Georgia for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Carter Ashton signs his rookie contract with Tampa Bay Lightning

Lethbridge Hurricanes LW Carter Ashton impressed enough during the 2009 Tampa Bay Lightning training camp to get his first professional contract. The late first-round pick in 2009 was signed by the Bolts, and is now Lightning property for the foreseeable future.

Adam Oates officially signed as Lightning assistant coach

The Tampa Bay Lightning have officially hired Adam Oates as an assistant coach, inking him to a one year deal.

FanPosts / FanShots -- Make your voice heard

(with the new season here and a growing group of interested fans hanging out around the site, I thought it woudl be good to repost this story from earlier this year -- jpf) There's a wide and...

SB Nation's NHL Preseason Power Rankings

Hockey writers on the SB Nation network (including Cassie and myself here at Raw Charge) are now putting out our own power rankings. Unlike the power rankings on other sites, this was not produced by one writer with biases but a collective average ranking of all 30 teams, divided by conference and an overall Top 10 power ranking. You might disagree with it, but it's an averaged out rating for each team. SB Nation plans on continuing this weekly during the season.

"Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as some of our trips in the Dub," he said. "I’ll take a few hours on a p...

"Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as some of our trips in the Dub," he said. "I’ll take a few hours on a plane over 12 hours on a smelly bus any day. It’s all first-class and they feed you. It’s a real treat not having to bring your own bag lunch with you."

James Wright talking about the Lightning's pre-season sojourn out west.

More games to be televised

Erik Erlendsson at the Tribune reports that Channel 44 in the Tampa Bay area will be picking up six additional Lightning games that were not originally to be televised. Two road games (Dallas and Philadelphia) and four home games have been added. All games are Saturday night games and will be part of a promotion on WTOG (CW 44).

Two defensive cuts and two tell-tale quotes

A pair of telling quotes about two of the Lightning's recent cuts. Just what was the thought on waiving Lundin and Lashoff?

Chat live with Lightning beat writer Damian Cristodero @ 1 PM EDT

St. Petersburg Times writer Damian Cristodero will be chatting live with the public from 1 to 2 PM EDT on the Times web site (click the title of this post to get there). Bring all your questions about the new season

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