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Jake Dotchin recalled by Lightning

Jake Dotchin played in three games on Tampa Bay's latest road trip and held his own.

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Jake Dotchin played in three games on Tampa Bay's latest road trip and held his own.

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January

The Lightning recalled defenseman Jake Dotchin Monday.

With GM Steve Yzerman saying there's no other roster changes, that means that Slater Koekkoek will remain in AHL Syracuse.

Dotchin, 22, played in three games on Tampa Bay's latest road trip and held his own. With Nikita Nesterov getting traded to Montreal Thursday, is the seventh defenseman on the Lightning's roster. 

While some might have thought Nesterov's trade would open the door for Koekkoek, Yzerman has said there's no timetable for Koekkoek's return. Koekkoek has played 29 games for the Lightning this season, but 17 in Syracuse, where he's been since early January.

"He's playing very well down there," Yzerman said. "He's an important part of our future and I see a very bright future for him still. So if we need a left shot or we feel Slater will come up and play a lot, then I'll bring him back up. But mostly for him, he's in the last year that he doesn't need waivers. So I just felt at this time, we are better off, if we have everybody healthy, I think it's better for him in the long run to down and log a ton of minutes in all situations. He's gone down with a really good attitude and played really well. So I don't want to put a timeline on when he will be back, but he obviously an important part of our future."

Forwards Michael Bournival and Gabriel Dumont, who cleared waivers over the weekend, are still on the Lightning roster. Practice is today at 2 p.m. in Brandon so there should be an update on Brayden Point, who might return this week.

The Lightning has two big games this week, Tuesday and Thursday at home against Boston and Ottawa, two teams it is chasing for a playoff spot.

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:08pm]

    

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