On Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning placed defenseman Jake Dotchin on unconditional waivers. It is customary to make the player who’s contract is about to be terminated available to the league, in case anyone would like to pick him up. On Saturday, Dotchin cleared waivers and it is believed the Lightning are going to begin the process of terminating his contract. It is expected that Dotchin’s camp will fight this. [Raw Charge]
The sixth-round pick from 2012 for the Tampa Bay Lightning has been in the team’s doghouse for a while now. Dotchin was taken off all of the preseason rosters last year when he broke an “unspecified team rule” when he showed up to camp. The 24-year-old showed promise in some stretches last year, but ultimately fell out of favor with the team, playing in only nine of the last 32 games of the season and zero games after mid-March.
Jake Dotchin’s agent said they “respectfully disagree” with #TBLightning decision to pursue termination of contract. Will look at options available in CBA to appeal/fight this. Dotchin was put on unconditional waivers today after “material breach.” Has one year left on his deal.— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 14, 2018
It is a lot easier for other teams to grab Dotchin at a much lower price and without a fair bit of the drama that would come with cutting this current situation short. It doesn’t sound like Dotchin’s group is hell-bent on anything drastic legally, but it does sound like the NHLPA will get involved should they find anything funny in the reasons for termination.
Several teams have reached out to Jake Dotchin’s reps since he’s cleared unconditional waivers. Dotchin camp keeping their options open. Still haven’t ruled out a grievance #TBLightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 15, 2018
In other words, it probably has to be something more than just coming into camp unfit. For all we know, the PA will fight this regardless and possibly purely for smoothing Dotchin’s reputation.
We should know soon whether Jake Dotchin clears waivers. No grievance filed yet but one agent I spoke w said they’d be shocked if NHLPA didn’t fight this. “Would open Pandora’s box,” on teams trying to terminate contracts due to conditioning. https://t.co/pFJRlxNYou— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) September 15, 2018
Youtuber Michael Wax gives his impressions on Dotchin-Gate. A must-watch!
JustinG. is back for another look at some Tampa Bay Lightning themed Upper Deck hockey cards. [Raw Charge]
This season, we will take a look at the various hockey card products as they are released and how they may appeal to Lightning fans. In the past we’ve focused on Upper Deck’s flagship product, but this year we will add a few more (budget pending) so that fans who might not be familiar with the industry can see what else is out there.
You tell ‘em, Tampa Bay Lightening!!!
somebody on this website had to spell it right https://t.co/IImowmeLix— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 15, 2018
In Syracuse Crunch news, the team hosted their own Canine Carnival! sharing only for that cute and responsible doggo.
We’re making new furry friends at the Canine Carnival at Jamesville Beach Park.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) September 15, 2018
Come hang with us until 3 p.m. and meet some of the adoptable dogs, like Russell. pic.twitter.com/nZMWDQH6MZ
Jon Cooper considers the fights for lineup spots a meritocracy earned in camp. Could we see some surprising selections at the end of camp ala Brayden Point? Adam Erne, Mathieu Joseph, and Andy Andreoff are all options that Caley Chelios and Brian Engblom spoke about. On defense, ERIK CERNAK ALERT!!!
And now for some practice video!
HORIZONTAL VIDEO, JOE! HOR-IZ-ON-TAL !!!!!
I MUST KNOW WHOSE STRETCH PASS THAT WAS.
I’m calling it now (and have been since August): Erik Cernak is making the team.
Erik Cernak with the one-timer and Taylor Raddysh on the rebound. Domingue makes the stop on both. pic.twitter.com/gEpXWeEdwd— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) September 15, 2018
And we close up Saturday with some interviews.
On managing expectations this season: "I'm not putting any pressure on me because sometimes players overthink that the second year they have to be the best players in the league. I'm just growing and trying to get better every day."#BoltsCamp | Mikhail Sergachev: pic.twitter.com/F8nGB01993— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 15, 2018
On a tough camp similar to last year's: "I think Coop saw how well we started last year and he wants to really mimic that. It's hard but I think it will get us ready the best possible."#BoltsCamp | Slater Koekkoek: pic.twitter.com/eJ67fJtued— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 15, 2018
"Last year [with the @syracusecrunch] was an adjustment to play against bigger players but I think coming up here I'm doing well against the older players. You just try to work your hardest on the ice because they're doing the same thing."#BoltsCamp | Mitchell Stephens: pic.twitter.com/SjQIHZcGYu— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 15, 2018
The Sharks have a track record of signing players acquired from elsewhere to long-term contracts, including defenseman Brent Burns, forward Joe Thornton and goalie Martin Jones. Forward Evander Kane, who was acquired in a trade last season, signed a seven-year contract to stay before he could have become a free agent.
Ryan Straschnitzki was paralyzed when his Humboldt Broncos team bus crashed last spring. It is a story every hockey fan knows. However, in the following months, Ryan has found a way to keep playing hockey. And in a way that would make local Tampa Bay hero Declan Farmer proud! [Squamish Chief]
“It brought back a lot of memories of when I was five years old and laced up the skates. It was one of the happiest times of my life and I was back out there again and just enjoying the moment.”
Ryan Straschnitzki taking part in a line change in the second period of Cowboys n Sleds. pic.twitter.com/whIEJqiX5p— Bill Graveland (@BillGraveland) September 15, 2018
Gregory found himself down memory lane yesterday. He has some great video of the old Tampa Bay Lightning.
On a 90s NHL video binge...— Gregory Balloch (@GregBalloch) September 15, 2018
lol @ Tampa Bay actually playing games in the 10,000-seat Expo Hall pic.twitter.com/ExZ2FPWrS0
A lot of fans don’t like this new Winnipeg Jets third jersey. What do you think?
Former Lightning and Crunch netminder anders Lindback is heading to Switzerland to play for Davos.
Former #txstars G Anders Lindback signs with NLA's Davos. Another former Star, Perttu Lindgren, has played there for many years.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) September 15, 2018
Some of the brightest minds in the hockey world are in Ottawa tonight (ironic, eh) for the annual Ottawa Hockey Analytics Conference. Follow the hashtag for more info!
Michael Neuvirth has a flashy new mask!
I don’t know if Sean will ever recover from this.
Asked Radek Faksa about his lack of socks. Told me, “It’s fashion. Maybe you’ll get there someday.”— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 15, 2018