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After a relatively quiet summer, the organization has certainly had a big three days.

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The Headline

Yesterday morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s training camp started out with a rather odd mystery:

It wasn’t long before news broke that the Lightning had placed defenseman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers. The 24-year-old defenseman has been in-and-out of the Lightning’s line up for the past year, and it appears as though things have come to a head between him and the organization. [Raw Charge]

Julien BriseBois’ first official transaction as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new general manager was a big one, placing 24-year old Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract.

Of course, speculation ran rampant as to what had happened. Eventually, this was revealed:

Later on in the day, it was reported that the matter might not be as complete as it seems.

Smith then went on to cover this event further (behind his paywall). [The Athletic]

The Bolts

Meanwhile, the Lightning’s camp seemed to proceed fairly normally. Head coach Jon Cooper was at the helm.

Forward Ryan Callahan was all smiles in his red no-contact jersey.

This simple, quiet prep video of Andrei Vasilevskiy is pretty fantastic.

J.T. Miller discussed his place on the team:

The Organization

As the Lightning camp got underway, Crunch fans kept their eyes on social media, hoping for an early glimpse of their favorites. The team’s official account did not disappoint.

Crunch new assistant head coach Gilles Bouchard talked with the Crunch’s play-by-play announcer Lukas Favale about his summer, his new home, and his new organization yesterday.

When season ticket holders got a sneak peak at the Crunch’s plans for the new boxes this past summer, they were told the seats that were being installed were from the same company the Lightning utilizes. Those seats are now in, and do they look comfy:

The Crunch’s amazing media team is looking for interns!

Crunch player and Lightning prospect Alexander Volkov impressed Syracuse fans all season long in 2017-18. Now outside people are starting to take notice. [Raw Charge]

...with that surprise season in the books, he has jumped up the public scouting rankings. Corey Pronman has him as the highest ranked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect at #71 overall in his recently released Top 100 NHL Prospects on The Athletic. While Pronman’s rankings seem to be higher than others, it still underlines how simple visibility has improved the perception of Volkov as a prospect.

Speaking of Lukas Favale, he raised some money for the Crunch Foundation in a rather fun - and filling - way yesterday:

The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL team of the Lightning and the Crunch, have added another defenseman to their roster.

Congratulations to Ryan Lohin!

The Game

Some somber news came out yesterday when the Detroit Red Wings confirmed the end of Henrik Zetterberg’s career.

In continuing with a theme, the Ottawa Senators confirmed that they will be without Jean-Gabriel Pageau for a long while.

The reality of blockbuster trades like the Erik Karlsson one is that there’s real people and emotions involved. It’s easy to get caught up in it all, but it can be also really hard on the people involved.

Elliotte Friedman’s 31 Thoughts unsurprisingly covered the Karlsson trade.

The GM of the Edmonton Oilers has a potty mouth.

On the other side of all of this is a fan base that doesn’t know whether it’s coming or going.

Speaking of their fans, if you don’t understand why they’re unhappy, Fulemin’s piece from yesterday morning also sums it up. [Pension Plan Puppets]

Former Syracuse Crunch goalie Mike McKenna, who is now with the Senators’ AHL club, has a rocking new mask.

I...don’t...know what’s happening here, but...it’s a thing!

It’s a pupper!

A look back at the past of hockey is incredibly fascinating, especially given what the modern NHL schedule looks like.