New Feature: Facebook Connect on SB Nation


SB Nation and sites within -- including Raw Charge -- now allow you to join the network by way of Facebook. For existing members, it allows you to coordinate your activity on the network (be it Raw Charge or elsewhere) with your Facebook account.

Lecavalier and Stamkos covers in "South Tampa" magazine contest


South Tampa Magazine has a poll up asking you to vote for your favorite magazine cover from the ones provided. Two members fo the Lightning -- Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier -- have both been featured in this poll with their cover images.

Stand-By status for Stamkos, St. Louis


Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis did not make Team Canada outright. But if an injury occurs to any of Team Canada's players, Stamkos and Marty are to be ready to fly to Vancouver on a moment's notice to fill the vacant forward roster spot.

Lightning head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan interview


From the Rink has an interview with Lightning athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan and discusses the differences between "personal" and "athletic" trainers as well as some of the ins-and-outs of being a professional trainer for a hockey team.

Has Tocchet actually done something right this season!?


Raises a good point in the main "article" - Downie's certainly improved since coming over from Philly, and whilst he does appear to have been regressing a bit recently, he's definitely been the kind of player you'd rather have playing FOR you than against. How much is him growing up and how much is down to the coaches is obviously up for debate, but I can believe Tocchet actually helping Downs out

You may not know it, but there is Junior Hockey in Tampa Bay


Though there season is coming to a close, and no more home dates are to be played, I thought it was noteworthy enough to make mention of the Tampa Bay Bolts Junior hockey team. It ain't the CHL, but Florida IS producing hockey players...

SB Nation's official Super Bowl Game Thread


For game-thread brethren that want to talk the Super Bowl ... A more Tampa Bay-based game thread can be found at Buc'Em

Brendan Burke, son of Leafs GM Brian Burke, killed


We at Raw Charge would like to express heartfelt condolences to Brian Burke and his family after his son, Brendan, was killed ln a car accident night in Indiana.

Report: Tentative deal reached in Lightning sale


They've been on the cusp of closing the deal to sell the Lightning to Jeffrey Vinik all day. The St. Petersburg Times is the first to say that the deal is basically done. We'll have more on this as it develops.

introducing the "Zeke Squad" -- Zenon Konopka fan apparel


We're happy to announce the first product in our online apparel store. Let me introduce you to the "Zeke Squad" -- specifically for fans of Zenon Konopka.