Dec 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) defends New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. New York Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net – New Year’s Day

Good morning, 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.

First of all, Happy New Year to all of you! There is plenty of hockey to be had today; first the 2014 Winter Classic, and then our Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Before the party gets started, let’s take a look at what is going on around the National Hockey League this fine day.

Prospect Performer of the Week: Jonathan Drouin (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Ranger memories of 2013 (Blue Line Station)

Crunch suffer 5-2 loss to close out 2013 (Syracuse Crunch)

USA Loses to Canada; Finishes Second in Group (USA Hockey)

Fans treat apprehensive Fedorov to huge ovation (Fox Sports)

Martin Brodeur assists on game winner as Devils beat Penguins (ESPN)

Vancouver Canucks Sign Erie Otters Forward Dane Fox (The Canuck Way)

Complete Projection for Team USA’s 2014 Olympic Hockey Roster (Bleacher Report)

Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Captain Dion Phaneuf to Seven-Year Contract Extension (FanSided)


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