NHL News : Overweight Dotchin, whose contract was terminated by the Lightning, signs with other NHL team!
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Overweight Dotchin, whose contract was terminated by the Lightning, signs with other NHL team!

A second chance for the defenseman...

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There were a lot of exciting waivers news on Wednesday, starting out the Detroit Red Wings making a move and claiming 23-year-old forward Jacob De la Rose off the waiver wire earlier today. It is quite the roller-coaster ride for the young player, suffered a cardiac episode, otherwise known as a heart attack, immediately following a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators late last month, however a new start could be what is needed for the former Montreal Canadiens forward. 

There were also two players landed on the waiver wire on Wednesday. The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Phil Di Giuseppe on waivers and the Tampa Bay Lighting placed veteran forward Cory Conacher on waivers. He played in just one game this season, but did not manage to write his name on the scoresheet. 

The Lightning made headlines earlier in the preseason when they placed defenseman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers and terminated his contract after a medical breach since the veteran blue liner was reportedly very out of shape. According to many reports, Dotchin showed up weighing significantly heavier than his 2017-18 playing weight.

"I know that there have been reports out there that suggested his body fat was as high as 25 per cent. I don't know if those numbers are accurate," Bob McKenzie told First Up on TSN 1050 Toronto. "What I can tell you, and what I do believe is accurate, is that he was a good 30 to 35 pounds above his playing weight. So I don't know what percentage body fat he was, but I can tell you that the relative expectations of what the Lightning expect him to play at versus what he showed up as, it was a good 30 pounds."

McKenzie noted that teams will often suspend players who show up over weight for camp and wait for them to get in shape. Dotchin is listed by NHL.com as 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds.

On Wednesday, Pierre LeBrun revealed that the Anaheim Ducks have signed Dotchin to a one-year, $800k deal. In order to formally join the Ducks roster, the blue liner needs to clear waivers tomorrow. 

he 24-year-old appeared in 48 games for the Lightning last season, posting three goals and 11 points. Dotchin averaged 16:29 of ice time per game in the regular season and did not dress for the team in the postseason. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft by Tampa Bay. 

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