March 9, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone (12) is congratulated by teammates after he scored goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net: Bolts By The Bay 9/11/13

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’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.

We’ve made it over the hump this week. Two more days, and we will be free and clear for the weekend; a weekend that includes the Lightning’s yearly Fan Fest.

Right now, we are just a Ryan Malone (12) and a Tom Pyatt (11) away from the start of hockey season. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen…we are only 23 days away from the first puck drop of the 2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning hockey season!

Let’s get right to it. 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 to Host Fan Fest Sat., September 14th (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Projecting Every NHL Team’s Top Two Defensive Pairings in 2017 (Bleacher Report)

Carolina Blue: Pitkanen (heel) to miss entire season (Pro Hockey Talk)

Source: Tim Thomas considers return (ESPN)

RFA stalemates impact start of training camp (

Remembering 9/11 (

Jerseys Unveiled for CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (USA Hockey)

There’s only one true option for the Tampa Bay Lightning team captaincy (Raw Charge)

Conference Call Wednesday-Anaheim Ducks (Blackhawk Up)

New York Islanders : Choosing Alternate Captains Matter (Eyes on Isles)


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