Raw Charge Tuesday night Open thread and Link Dump

Starting what I hope will become a new feature here at Raw Charge for the off-season...  We've done link dumps before, and we've tried to do open threads among Raw Charge regulars before.  So, how about mashing the two together?  Get your fix of different story links form around the blogosphere / Boltosphere AND chat with other RC regulars?


We'll recap some of the links we've posted from the past week in FanShots as well ans promote some new ones.  Below the fold you can find more from around the league and elsewhere.

Lightning links

Nolan's got a hopeful and hilarious look at the hiring of Yzerman by the Lightning.  [Frozen Sheets Hockey]

Late last week, the Bolts inked Moncton Wildcats defenseman Mark Barberio, a 2008 draft selection,  to an entry level contract.  [Bolt Prospects]

30-Teams-In-30-Days Highlights the Lightning and their off-season [Red Light District]

Lightning prospect goaltender Riku Helenius will be playing next season in Sweden. The Score's Hockey or Die blog chronicles his fortunes since being selected by the Bolts. [Hockey or Die]

Lightning season ticket sales are up with the news of Steve Yzerman in the fold [Lightning Strikes]

Jay Feaster is not going to be a candidate for Assistatn GM in Tampa [Lightning Strikes]

Hockey Links

In case you missed it, Joe Sakic is now looking at interning in the front office of the Colorado Avalanche [Denver Post]

Steve Ovadia asks if hiring players to manage/coach in the NHL is really the way to go? [Puck Update]

The Montreal Canadiens dismiss six scouts just weeks before the draft. [Toronto Sun]

...and it looks like a move in order to serve you better (yes, that means in order to save money). [Habs Inside Out]

Speaking of the draft, check out DC Sports report's Mock Draft Database, providing a one-stop source for mock drafts around the web.  [DC Sports Report]

Big viewer numbers on NBC for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals [Puck the Media]

Indianapolis TV gives precedence to a Indy 500 Banquet over the Stanley Cup Finals. [Hoosier Hockey]

Auction taking place of some NHL memorabilia for Nashville/Tennessee flood relief [eBay]

And some of the names of Hockey Hall of Fame candidates for the 2010 class. [Hockey Hall of Fame]