January 25, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Tampa Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net: Bolts By The Bay 8/9/13

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to this morning’s edition of Back of the Net where we take you through all the latest and greatest news and updates from in and around the Bolts Nation, and the world of hockey.

Thank the Hockey Gods it’s Friday! Besides the beginning of the countdown to the start of what can only be a fabulous Floridian weekend, today is something special. By special, I mean one less day until the start of Lightning hockey!

We are now just 56 days away from the first puck drop of the regular season! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are a mere Nate Thompson (44) and Ryan Malone (12) away from watching our boys in blue storm the ice for the first time in the 2013-14 season.

There is much to see, and even more to do, so let’s get down to business post-haste.

Sit back and relax as we take you through all the latest updates, news, and rumors from not just around the Bolts Nation, but the great, wide world of hockey.

Erne Makes the Difference for U.S. (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Colorado Avalanche, National Hockey League of Nations (Puck Daddy)

Chicago Blackhawks: Dave Chyzowski Days Until Banner Raising (Blackhawk Up)

Washington Capitals Offseason: Examining The Top 5 Worst Contracts (Stars and Sticks)

Kris Letang In For Career Year If He Stays Healthy (Pens Labyrinth)

Owners Of Philadelphia 76ers Expressing Interest In Buying The Devils (Pucks and Pitchforks)

Free Agent Selanne Still Undecided About Future (NHL.com)

McCarron Makes Cut; Vail Not So Lucky (A Winning Habit)

Top 10 List: #6 Ryan Callahan (Blue Line Station)

Predicting Tampa Bay Lightning’s Biggest Over, Underachievers for 2013-14 Season (Bleacher Report)


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