Lightning history and site archives

Lightning goalie development history

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have never drafted and developed a true NHL goaltender, putting prospects Andrey Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis in historical perspective.

Another career twist for defenseman Paul Ranger

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The former Lightning defenseman leaves the NHL for Geneva of the Swiss league. Follow @RawCharge

Echoes linger from the Richards trade

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Though the echoes are diminishing with the passage of time, they still can be heard today on the roster and in the transaction column for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A championship gaffe in media history

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Lamenting the Bolts loss of the Stanley Cup, the Tampa Tribune thrust itself into one of the humorous quirks that are sometimes forgotten in pro sports history.

2014 Finals reconnects pieces from 2004

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It has been a decade since the Lightning played in the month of June, but in many ways this year's Stanley Cup Finals is the closest resemblance to that era.

Thoughts on the end of an era in Tampa Bay

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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.

What Bolt from the past would help the team today?

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If you could pick one player from the LIghtning's storied history to fill a need on the team today, who would you choose? (Spoiler: nobody picked Rudy Poeschek.)

Of long-reads, generalizations, and NHL D-men

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Though the article cited is much longer and more fact-filled than it's being given credit for, it's generalizations rubbed me the wrong way... Especially speaking down about Roman Hamrlik.

A reflection, a lament, a farewell

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People invoke memories of winning the Stanley Cup, or the Rocket Richard trophy; the M-V-P line or Vinny's charitable work... I recollect the player who gave me hope in the Lightning franchise. My...

Adieu Vinny

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Vincent Lecavalier made the Tampa Bay Lightning a better team as a player but he also made Tampa Bay a better place to live as a member of the community.

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Why I didn't observe the "Staniversary"

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The world moves on and while we cling to warm memories for comfort, we cannot be lost in them, or our expectations on the present diminishes.

Who would be on your crazy-owner wish list?

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In the summer of 2008, crazy-awful Lightning owners went on a crazy bad player-grabbing spending spree, acquiring playoff standouts like Ryan Malone and Gary Roberts. If you were a crazy awful...

The ghosts of playoffs past

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A big name player scratched from a elimination game being played in the tri-state area, with John Tortorella being the coach who made that decision? I've seen this before...

How to resurrect a hockey franchise in 402 days

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More than four years ago, a chart by James Mirtle showed (through attendance) how the situation in Tampa was on a torrid decline. Four years later, we revisit that chart to reflect how things have...

Crunch (3) vs. Springfield (3) in conference Semis

Not so long ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were affiliated with the Springfield AHL franchise. And things didn't go well. Likewise, the Columbus Blue Jackets - Springfield's current parent club -...

Three years ago on Raw Charge: Prospal vs. Tanguay

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Three years ago, Lightning fans were debating why the Bolts would bother with Alex Tanguay over Vinny Prospal.

20 years of Tampa Bay Lightning logos, which is your favorite?

20 years of Tampa Bay Lightning hockey has given fans three different marks as the team's primary logo.

Shea Weber's offer-sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers feels awfully familiar

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The Philadelphia Flyers snatching the face of another franchise away, via offer-sheet? That sounds awfully familiar to this Tampa Bay Lightning fan...

Eight Years ago on Boltsmag: The chalice of Lord Stanley

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It's been eight years, but it remains a day and a feat that fans won't soon forget.

Three years ago on Raw Charge: Officiating sucks

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Linking to a past post chronicling the absurdity of NHL officiating. How little has changed in three seasons is unnerving.

Two years ago on Raw Charge: Tocchet, Lawton dismissed

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It was April 12th, 2010 when Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced the dismissals of head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton.

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