The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced that they have placed defenceman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers for terminating his contract. The Athletic’s Joe Smith reports the termination is on the grounds of “material breach.”
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 14, 2018
Smith goes onto speculate that the team was not happy with Dotchin’s conditioning coming into training camp. The move is the first official transaction of new general manager Julien BriseBois’ tenure since taking over for Steve Yzerman on Wednesday.
Dotchin has played only for the Tampa Bay Lightning during his two-year NHL career. He has put up three goals and 19 assists for 22 career points in 83 career games. The Tampa Bay Lightning originally drafted him in the sixth round, 161st overall of the 2012 NHL draft.
He scored three goals and eight assists for 11 points for 48 games. Dotchin also added 38 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 52.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 1.4.
The Cambridge, Ontario native was entering the final season of a two-year, $1.625 million contract signed with the Lightning last summer. He will be an unrestricted free agent once his contract is terminated.
Dotchin was projected for a spot on defence, so the move is shocking. The move will open up a spot and either Cal Foote or Erik Cernak may move up from AHL affiliate Syracuse.
The 24-year-old had an up-and-down season as he was paired with Victor Hedman on the first pair. However, Dotchin had a fair number of healthy scratches during the season. Most of these came after the All-Star Break.
Dotchin seemingly had a bright future with the club, but now faces an uncertain one. He’ll certainly get a look on another team, but this has to be a wake up call.
OTTAWA, ON – FEBRUARY 22: Tampa Bay Lightning Defenceman Jake Dotchin (59) prepares for a face-off during first period National Hockey League action between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators on February 22, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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