Quick Strikes: Jake Dotchin soon to file a grievance against the Lightning, but also HOCKEY IS BACK
It’s a balmy 95 degrees here in central Florida. TIME FOR SOME HOCKEY!
Hi. Are you guys excited for the first Tampa Bay Lightning game of the regular season? We are here at Raw Charge — and we’ve got some new stuff heading your way. Our in-arena reporter Matt has teamed up with new contributor Diandra to present VIDEO previews of each game. They’ll be streaming live from Amalie Arena for home games, and you can catch this duo on the site and on social media. Keep an eye on the Raw Charge Twitter page today for the first video content. We’ll also have a written preview from Alan out slightly later today with lines and a look at the opposition. #GOBOLTS
(If you’re going to the game, please try a Capital Taco for me, ok?)
Earlier today, Joe had some news for us. He tweeted that soon Jake Dotchin, who was let go from training camp for being in subpar condition, would be filing his grievance against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Why is Jake Dotchin, waived for being out of shape, set to file grievance against Lightning? [The Athletic, paid content]
Dotchin’s case could eventually go to an independent arbitrator, unless both sides agree on a settlement. Dotchin was in the final year of a contract that had an $812,500 cap hit. If Dotchin wins, it’s likely he would be placed back on the Lightning roster.
Interesting talk w/ #tblightning NHLPA rep Alex Killorn on Dotchin: "I think it’s important for him to fight this. I’ve talked with Yzerman and he agrees, there needs to be a more specific definition of ‘shape,’ what’s ‘in shape?’ Are they in their right to terminate contracts..? https://t.co/Z5lHOBb0sh— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 5, 2018
Here’s some possibly good news for opening night, but it’s game 1 of 82, so nobody needs to rush it:
Tyler Johnson at practice in regular jersey for second straight day. Cooper dubbed him “questionable” for Saturday opener. With next game on Thursday, they may be cautious with him. #TBLightning— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) October 5, 2018
This is a good piece from the new guy over at Tampa Bay Times — Lightning GM Julien BriseBois guided by his three keys to happiness [Tampa Bay Times]
If Julien BriseBois had to give up sports law, so be it. He wanted out. He had had enough. Every Monday through Thursday, two decades before he would become the seventh general manager of the Lightning, BriseBois arrived at the Heenan Blaikie law firm by 7:15 a.m. He worked until he returned to his apartment by about 1 a.m.
And more stuff to pump us up for tonight’s game:
Random Predictions for the Upcoming NHL Season [Raw Charge]
Before you light the torches, I think it’s going to be a brutal fight to the top of the Atlantic this season. The division is top heavy with Tampa Bay, Toronto and Boston head and shoulders above the rest of the teams. Still, with the exception of Ottawa (I hate to pile on, but if Craig Anderson ends up with more than 20 wins on this team, please hand him the Vezina the day the season ends), the other teams in the division all improved or at least stayed the same.
A fast start leads to future success [Tampa Bay Lightning]
”You kind of just take what the schedule gives you and you make the most of it,” Coburn said. “We’re going to go through times during the year where the schedule’s going to be compact and games are right on us and this gives us a little bit of a chance to play our game and then reflect and iron out some of the details about how we thought that game went.”
On the eve of an expected NHL debut for Mathieu Joseph, you can't not smile watching this. 😄 pic.twitter.com/RnuzIQ2reJ— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 5, 2018
"I've got some work to do but I want to work and [the Lightning] wants to let me work and improve my game and that's why I'm here."— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 5, 2018
Practice day | Danick Martel: pic.twitter.com/fkKfsxTpyF
This week, Louis Domingue made a special visit to @AllChildrens to spread some #TBLightning spirit as we get ready to start the season! pic.twitter.com/2zgPw7Ox8B— Lightning Foundation (@LightningFDN) October 5, 2018
Russian Alexey Lipanov ready to rebound with Rangers [The Record]
The 19-year-old was hoping to turn the page at the pro level. But the Bolts want their 2017 third round draft pick to get another year of seasoning in junior before making the leap. So, the two-way pivot, who models his game after Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, is back in the OHL with another new team.
Syracuse Crunch goes with vet in net for season-opener Saturday [Syracuse.com]
Crunch coach Ben Groulx said after practice Friday that he’ll give Eddie Pasquale the nod as the starting goalie against the Bears. Pasquale, 27, helped turn the Crunch’s season around last year when he was acquired in a trade from Bakersfield of the AHL, going 10-1-2 with a 1.72 goals-against and a .938 save percentage in Syracuse.
Syracuse Crunch Announce Opening Night Roster [Syracuse Crunch]
The Crunch open the season at Hersey on Saturday, Oct. 6 and travel to Rochester on Wednesday, Oct. 10 before returning to the War Memorial Arena for the team’s 25th Home Opener presented by Upstate University Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Logo done and ads painted as flooding commenced yesterday. Opening night for the #SyrCrunch in just 8 days! #Syracuse #sports #hockey pic.twitter.com/qfOogcUfXW— Scott Thomas (@sthomasphotos) October 5, 2018
BIG NEWS! I have been named the first official Captain of the Pawttawa Senators! I'll be walking the red carpet tonight at the @senators home opener from 4:30-530! #OttawaRising pic.twitter.com/O2aetP1ESH— Little Leo (@littleleomorkie) October 4, 2018
Behind the scenes with Henrik Zetterberg: The first night of the rest of his life [The Athletic, paid content]
The guy watching the Blue Jackets score on the power play once turned in one of the most impressive penalty-killing performances in franchise history — the Conn Smythe Shift, as dubbed by Doc Emrick, during Game 4 of the 2008 Stanley Cup final. Zetterberg willed the Red Wings penalty kill to a successful shift against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins during a two-man advantage for Pittsburgh.