John Fontana

  • joined Oct 17, 2008
  • last login Jul 31, 2014
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Managing editor of SB Nation's Tampa Bay Lightning community, Raw Charge. I've covered the Lightning online since February 2004.

Former Administrative Community Manager of FanHome.com

Yes I realize I made a typo with "teh", yes I know how to spell t-h-e.

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Ben Thomas not afraid to throw down


A physical righty-shot...

Bolts trade up to take Ben Thomas


Right-handed defensemen from the WHL joins a cache of drafted D by the Bolts.

2014 NHL draft day two open thread


Pop in for discussion through the morning as the NHL completes its 2014 entry draft.

Sweater Series: Hiatus


For the next few days, if not longer, the Sweater Series goes on hiatus at Raw Charge. We're just too busy!

Catch Clark Brooks on-air at 10:20AM


The Raw Charge contributor will be on-air on CBS Sports 1010AM in Tampa Bay.

TB's 7 remaining picks in the 2014 draft


After trading the #50 selection and the #28 selection... Tampa Bay continues to hae seven more draft picks in the 2014 NHL draft.

Anthony DeAngelo interview video


The Bolts first pick in the 2014 NHL draft...

NHL Draft first round open thread


A day of speculation and transactions around the league gives way to the big event of the evening: The draft class of 2014. Join us for the conversation throughout the evening.

Jaffe: Lightning not done on D


Another top-4 defensive addition would be ideal and may be in the works.

Lightning acquire D Jason Garrison


A second player and a 2016 7th round draft pick also goes to Tampa Bay for the #50 overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft.

Ryan Kesler (finally) ges traded


A long-time-coming trade from the Vancouver Canucks finally goes through.

Rumor: Bolts in on Garrison


TSN's Bob McKenzie suggests the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens are after the veteran defesnseman who may or may not willingly move to another club.

Spoiler alert! Florida going off the board at #1!


Mustapha Lemieux, it's your time for the spotlight!

2014 SB Nation NHL Mock Draft


The complete list of draft choices by SB Nation blogs that represent their respective teams. No trades allowed, just straight selections. Some quirks, but a more informed mock draft in total compared to some wild-guesses by singular experts.

Update on Vinny Lecavalier


Former Lightning captain's trade away from the Flyers is more likely after July 1.

Forward J.T. Brown re-signed by Tampa Bay


The Lightning ink the right wing to a 2-year deal. Follow @RawCharge

Yzerman talks free agents and defense


With the conversation period open, Steve Yzerman has reached out to forthcoming defensive free agents.

Ryan Malone bought-out


The club parts ways with the veteran wing, who had only one year remaining on his contract.

2014 NHL Awards Open Thread


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.

Does TSN.ca delete history?


In a globalized, online sports world, you would think a major news organization would respect content it has produced in the past by keeping it online. Think again.

D Markov re-signs in Montreal


A speculated upon target in free agency is off the market.

No qualifying offer to Lindback

The Swedish netminder becomes an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's gone.

Flyers and the Union Army make a deal


In what will be a week full of transactions, the Flyers and Blue Jackets make the first swap of the season.

2014 lined-Up Update


We run a web page every year that follows off-season transactions...

2014-15 Lightning schedule is here


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

Lightning jersey #21 comes with a pop!


While there are plenty of guys who have worn the jersey, only one deserves mention in the Sweater Series - the hard hitting Cory Sarich.

Evgeni Nabokov going to free agency?


His intention was never to go to the New York Islanders, but he's lasted more than three seasons on the Island... Though it may be over now.

Sweater Series #18: Jimmie Olvestad


Our sweater series isn't a "best player to wear the number" series, and though big names are often attached to our numers so far, Jimmie Olvestad wasn't a big name in Tampa Bay.

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