Apr 18, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates with the puck against the Montreal Canadiens in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning: Back of the Net – Free Agency, Prospect Development Continues

Good afternoon, Bolts Nation! Welcome to today’s edition of Back of the Net where we bring you all the latest and greatest news and updates from not just here in the Bolts Nation, but around the entire world of hockey.

One of the most exciting times of the year continues on as we speak.

Now that the Tampa Bay Lightning made a pretty good run in the 2014 NHL Draft and put those same prospects to the test at Development Camp we are starting to see the team take shape.

With all of the moves that the Lightning has made in the Free Agency period, the future of the Lightning gets brighter and brighter every day.

Hopefully, the Eastern Conference has their eyes open wide, because they are in for a shock next season.

While we impatiently wait for the season to start, which is in 93 more days for those of you counting, let’s take a look at what’s going on around the National Hockey League today.

Coach Cooper’s Summer Reading List (Tampa Bay Lightning)

NHL Off-season Injury Update (Blackhawk Up)

The NHL’s top five farm systems (Sports Illustrated)

Lightning Notes: Pieces coming together (Tampa Tribune)

Patrick Kaleta’s Future With Buffalo Sabres (Sabre Noise)

The Brad Richards trade lingering resonance (Raw Charge)

Mike Little Returns to ‘Blades for 2014-15 (Florida Everblades)

NHL Free Agency 2014: Early Grades for Every Team (Bleacher Report)

Hilary Knight goes nude in ESPN Body Issue, reps hockey (Puck Daddy)

Boston Bruins Announce New Practice Rink in Boston (Causeway Crowd)

Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher out 4-6 months with ruptured Achilles (FanSided)


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