According to a report from Tampa Bay Lightning insider Joe Smith of The Athletic, Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin has been placed on waivers for the purposes of contract termination by the team.
Check it out:
BREAKING: Jake Dotchin has been placed on unconditional waivers with purpose of terminating contract for a “material beach.” No further comment from TBLightning
Interesting… We’re not exactly sure what constitutes a “material breach”, but from the sounds of things Dotchin messed up HUUUUUUUGE.
The 24 year old blue liner had something of a breakout season for the Lightning last season, putting up three goals and 11 points in 48 games. Prior to that, the native of Cambridge, Ontario put up 11 assists in 35 games during his rookie season in 2016-17. The former 6th round pick (161st overall) of the Lightning in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft was in line to become a regular on the Lightning’s defense corps this season, but it looks like that’s all ancient history now. Again… it sounds like Dotchin made a huge mistake.
UPDATE: According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the team was so upset with Dotchin’s lack of conditioning that they essentially kicked him to the curb.
Certainly, more will become known as the days go by. But, apparently, TB was extremely unhappy with Dotchin’s conditioning at arrival. We will see how the process plays out
As Friedman says, there’s likely more to this story that will come out in the days to come. For a third time though… man did this kid mess up or what!?
Dotchin looked to be on the path to becoming an NHL regular, despite having legitimate stars in front of him like Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Ryan McDonagh and Mikhail Sergachev. With veterans Braydon Coburn and Dan Girardi waning in their effectiveness, it looked like the door was wide open for Dotchin to come in and nail down a full time spot. Again, that’s all ancient history now. Think anyone will take a shot on the kid? If his problem is a simple conditioning issue, this is something that can absolutely be resolved.