Apr. 6, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jesse Joensuu (6) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Taormina (55) battle for the puck during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Islanders won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net: Bolts By The Bay 8/10/13

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.

The weekend is finally upon us! Hopefully, you are all outside soaking up the beautiful Florida sun at the beach.

We are now just 55 days away from the first puck drop of the regular season! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are a Matt Taormina (55) away from watching our boys in blue storm the ice for the first time in the 2013-14 season!

As usual, there is lots to go over, so let’s get this party started!

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.

Lightning Prospects Richard, Kucherov Take on Montreal (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Handzus greeted by 10,000 in Slovakia (NHL.com)

Pens’ Search For New Goalie Coach Is Down to Three (Pro Hockey Talk)

Why did the Penguins hire Jacques Martin? (Puck Daddy)

New York Islanders: 1975-1980, The Rise Of An Unstoppable Force (Eyes on Isles)

Off-Season Tattoo Analysis: John Erskine (Stars and Sticks)

The Perfect Contract For Cody Hodgson And The Buffalo Sabres (Sabre Noise)

Getting To Know: Craig Cunningham (Causeway Crowd

With New Ownership in Place, Phoenix Coyotes Are Ready to Get Back on the Ice (Bleacher Report)

Lightning’s new assistant coach is George Gwozdecky (Tampa Bay Times)


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