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Tuesday night link dump and open thread

Before we begin, major thanks are due to the Raw Charge staff. I'm not the only one contributing links to these stories, it's an accumulation of findings from around the net by Cassie McClellan, Meredith Qualls, Nolan Whyte, Dani Toth, Tina Robinson, and myself.

The byline of this (and other link dump/open thread posts) may read "John Fontana", but there are more people involved in making these things happen than myself.

Lightning links

  • Before there was the 'Bulin Wall, the netminder of note in Lightning history was #93 Darren Puppa. The Lightning catch up with him in their interview series "Bolt From the Blue" [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Don't Trade Vinny looks back at the summer of 2004 and what players did on their day with the Stanley Cup [Don't Trade Vinny]
  • Jon Jordan provides the Lightning inspired "Mount Puckmore": the four faces of the Tampa Bay Lightning franchise [Puck Daddy]
  • If you expected Steve Downie signed by now... Yeah, us too. David Strehle takes a look at the situation [Bolts On Ice]
  • Tomas Kaberle rumors have been out there for a while... And by a while I mean since Summer 2009. Mike Corcoran asks if Kaberle would be a fit for the Lightning [Creative Loafing]
  • Brock Beukeboom reveled in his opportunity to participate in the Canadian National Team's camp in St. John's. []
  • Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik is now part of the Tampa Bay community for real. He's purchased a Palma Ceia home [Tampa Bay Business Journal]

  • Steve Yzerman and Julien BriseBois are all business regarding improving the Bolts minor league affiliate, teh Norfolk Admirals. Ads fans need to realize this [Norfolk Admirals- My Thoughts ]

Hockey links

  • You're a fan... You're tired of the waiting game that is Summer and want some hockey... NOW. Paul Kukla feels your pain, and yours, and yours, and yours... []
  • The Nashville Predators have announced changes in the executive suit for the club -- including the addition of Lightning COO Sean Henry as team president. [On The Forecheck]
  • The United States of Hockey...  I like the sound of that.  This map, on the other hand, that Peter Evans came across?  I am not nearly a fan of.  [Hoosier Hockey]
  • Peter Forsberg has dreams of once again lacing them up and playing. Mike Chen tries to talk him out of it. It's time, it's over... [From The Rink]
  • It's significant! It's news! It's... still a week away. It's the 2010-11 NHL TV schedule! [Puck the Media]
  • On the heels of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract being voided, more contracts are set to be challenged by the league [Hockey Plumber]
  • I usually throw my hands up in disgust when I read stupid trade rumors. Quisp, on the other hand, made a post about it -- reveling in the stupidity. [Jewels From The Crown]

General links

  • Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonis offers advice to pro sport personalities with the use of electronic communication and social networks. [Ted's Take]
  • So how do baseball trades work after the Trade Deadline? July 31st does not mean players still cannot be dealt - but it gets more complicated after the Deadline passes. Buc Wild explains it in a FanPost [DraysBay]
  • The catwalks at Tropicana Field came under scrutiny this week... Gregg Burrage takes a look at reactions -- immediate and after a night's rest. [SB Nation Tampa Bay]
  • Numbers that contradict the notion Tampa Bay does not support he Rays: TV numbers are up, up, up. [DraysBay]
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneer training camps are among the hottest in the NFL... We don't mean that as an attractive. [SB Nation Tampa Bay]
  • There's still time to vote in the Creative Loafing Best Of the Bay poll! [Creative Loafing]