Feb 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (7) reacts with the referee after he got called for a plenty 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 18th

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 Qualification Round has come and gone. There are still five Tampa Bay Lightning players in the quest for an Olympic Gold Medal. Radko Gudas, Ondrej Palat, Sami Salo, Kristers Gudlevskis, and last but certainly not least, Martin St. Louis are all alive in the competition.

Everything kicks off in the early hours of the morning tomorrow. While we wait, let’s take a look at what else is going on around the National Hockey League, and the Olympics, today.

Former Crunch forward Brandon Sugden to appear at Feb. 21 game vs. Utica (Syracuse Crunch)

Sabres release Linus Omark (ESPN)

Quick to start for U.S. in quarterfinals (NHL.com)

Should Jacob Josefson Return Next Season? (Pucks and Pitchforks)

Boston Bruins Are Inconsistent at the Winter Olympics (Causeway Crowd)

Kuznetsov on the road to becoming a Washington Capital (Stars and Sticks)

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

Andrew Hammond’s First Pro Shutout An 8-0 Rout Over Worcester (SenShot)

NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto Maple Leafs Could Be Busy At Deadline (FanSided)

Team Canada’s Defense Thriving As Forwards Struggle On Big Ice (Hockey at the Forks)


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