Feb 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) looks back against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Back of the Net – February 17th

Good evening, 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.

The Tampa Bay Lightning players who are in Sochi representing their countries at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia hav just had a well-deserved day off; however, for some of them, it is back to work tomorrow.

There is plenty of hockey to be had all around. While we wait for the action to get started, let’s take a look at what is going on around the National Hockey League, and the Olympic Games, today.

Meet the Crunch at “Herb” Philipson’s (Syracuse Crunch)

Olympics Digest: News From Sochi, Russia (Blue Line Station)

Are NHL Rental Players Worth The Risk? (Too Many Men on the Site)

Boston Bruins players still deep in Olympic hunt for gold (Causeway Crowd)

Chicago Blackhawks: Will Stephen Johns Fix Last D-Pairing? (Blackhawk Up)

You can’t compare a win in Sochi to the cultural event of Lake Placid (Raw Charge)

Olympic Hockey 2014: Breaking Down Team USA’s Road to a Gold Medal (Bleacher Report)

Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Will The Leafs Make A Trade Before The Deadline? (Editor in Leaf)

NHL Trade Rumors: Florida Panthers’ Tim Thomas Could Be Dealt, Then Brought Back (FanSided)

After Preliminary Round, There Is No Clear Cut Favorite For Gold Medal In Olympic Hockey (SenShot)


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