Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'
While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.
Dotchin, 23, violated an unspecified team rule, which is why he hasn't played in the first four games. Dotchin declined to elaborate on what he did, calling it an "internal issue." But Dotchin is disappointed in himself considering how big this camp is for him.
The team said the infraction won't impact Dotchin's spot on the roster. But Dotchin, who impressed in a 35-game callup last season, was looking to establish himself on an eight-deep blueline.
"Obviously it's hurting me," Dotchin said Monday. "I want to be in there, I want to play every night. I'm doing what I can right now, working hard in practice and when I get a chance to go, I'll be ready to go."
More from today: D Anton Stralman expects to play Tuesday, hoping to appear in two of the final three exhibitions after getting sidelined the first week of camp with an undisclosed injury. Stralman has been practicing with contact since the weekend, and was paired with Mikhail Sergachev today. "It's one of those little things that you just have to look after a little bit," Stralman said. "It's nothing serious. I'm just getting a little bit older and small stuff crops up like that. We just have to monitor it and make sure we're staying on top of things." With the roster down to 26 after Monday's cuts, coach Jon Cooper said a lot of the regulars will play in multiple games this week (see Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, etc). "We want this group going forward," Cooper said. "You've got three agmes to tighten things up, and then it's game on." A key the final week is establishing chemistry with lines and working on special teams. Stamkos was with Kucherov and Point today, with Johnson and Palat with Namestnikov and Volkov (as extra). Ryan Callahan and Chris Kunitz continue to be paired... Cooper noted a lot of prospects cut Monday will likely be back to help the NHL team this year, like Peca, Erne, potentially Cirelli, Joseph. One "pleasant surprise' was defenseman Erik Cernak, who was in his first Lightning camp after getting acquired in the Ben Bishop trade from the Kings.