National Hockey League

Idled Stamkos Speculation

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The rite of the summer, player movement speculation, once again goes in to high gear as the off-season drags on. Will Steven Stamkos return to his native Ontario?

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

A Ranger fan reviews Stralman, Boyle

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Just what did the Tampa Bay Lightning get by signing Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle? Mike Murphy from Blueshirt Banter gives you an idea.

Atlantic Division a mixed bag in free agency

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Some Atlantic Division teams are spending wisely; others, not so much.

2014 NHL Awards Open Thread

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With a live stream of chatter from Twitter in reaction to the show, join us for things tonight as we see if any Tampa Bay Lightning representatives win.

2014-15 Lightning schedule is here

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The good, the bad, and the rivalry. Come inside to see what is in store for the Bolts in the coming season.

Players likely to be moved this summer

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With trades, free agency, and compliance buyouts taking place this summer, several big-name players could be calling a new team home next season.

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.

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Analyzing the new NHL's new playoff format

If keeping track of the new NHL alignment and division names has not thrown you for a loop yet, then there is a chance the League's new playoff format might. So just in case, here is a quick...

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The shootout epidemic! Not so much...

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Things are rosy past regulation in the NHL compared to a decade ago when ties were far too regular an event, but don't let that get in the way of complaining about the shootout happening too often...

2014 trade deadline open thread

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This is a live discussion of te events of the 2014 NHL trade deadline day. Check in here to converse with other Lightning fans about league movement. Stay up to the minute with Twitter reporting too!

Florida re-acquires Roberto Luongo

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Ah! Our old adversary, Roberto Luongo, returns to the Eastern Conference and his old team, the Florida Panthers. Goalie Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias are reported to be what the Canucks will get in return. This is by far the biggest trade for the Atlantic Division at this point in the 2014 NHL trade deadlien build up. It may be a move that re-ignites the Tampa/Florida rivalry too, as Luo had many a stellar game against the oOlts in the past. Click above to read the full write-up from Litter Box Cats.

Death, taxes, waiver claim?

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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...

An outdoor game at Ray Jay? Maybe.

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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 flawed NHL points system

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NHL executives have kicked around the idea of changing the game,(again) in order to cover up something they don't like. Complicating the situation to water down the problem is simply setting the...

Hockey arena annoyances

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Some of the things that annoy you while sitting in the stands annoys others, too.

The best of Raw Charge 2013

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On this Christmas Day, with only a week left in the year, we provide a repository of some of the best articles from Raw Charge this year.

Kubina retires, thanks Lightning and fans

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has officially announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons.

Five questions for Winging It In Motown

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"Atlantic Division rivals Detroit and Tampa Bay" still has a funny ring to it, doesn't it? Perhaps it's high time we got acclimated a little better with our neighbors?

Steve Yzerman to join Red Wings in Alumni Showdown

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Lightning general manager and legendary Detroit Red Wing captain Steve Yzerman told the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday that he would be playing in the 2013 Alumni Showdown against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Turning the other cheek on athletes crimes

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Another high-profile figure in sports and entertainment is accused of a serious transgression against another human being. Yet to some, the violation is less a concern than playing-stats and how it...

My first Shark Tank expereince

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Freshly transplanted to San Jose, California, I take in the experience at the SAP Center for the Bolts road game against the Sharks.

If only for a moment, Tampa Bay is tops

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It's been a while since Bolts fans looked at the NHL's Eastern Conference standings and saw this sight.

5 questions about the Panthers for Litter Box Cats

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Just what is up with the Florida Panthers under Vincent Viola's ownership reign of several weeks? Addressing goaltending, trade rumo(u)rs and rivalries, we find out in a Q and A with Litter Box Cats.

Normal Goaltender Development: Age at Draft

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Is there an ideal age for goaltenders to be drafted? Do older goalies do better than younger ones?

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