Lightning’s Jake Dotchin clears waivers

Defenseman Jake Dotchin works out in the weight room at Lightning training camp, a day before the team said it would put him on unconditional waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract for a material breach. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Defenseman Jake Dotchin works out in the weight room at Lightning training camp, a day before the team said it would put him on unconditional waivers with the purpose of terminating his contract for a material breach. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
Published September 15 2018

BRANDON— D Jake Dotchin cleared waivers Saturday, paving the way for the Lightning to terminate his contract for what it called a material breach.

The team didn't give details when it announced its intentions Friday, but it is believed to have been unhappy with Dotchin's conditioning.

Dotchin's agent, Samuel Perreault, wouldn't discuss details but said he and his client "respectfully disagree" with the decision and would examine their options.

 What bad shoulder?

F Ryan Callahan is nursing a right shoulder injury, but the injury that forces him to wear a red no-contact jersey did not stop him from entertaining the training camp crowd at the Ice Sports Forum.

During the first practice session, Callahan rocketed a puck over the top of the net, separating a Gatorade bottle from its cap and simultaneously knocking it off the net.

Fans responded with a collective "woah."

In addition to Callahan, LW Olivier Archambault, LW Michael Bournival and D Ben Thomas skated in red no-contact jerseys.

Lalonde settling it

New assistant coach Derek Lalonde said he doesn't know what exact role he will fill after leaving as AHL Iowa's head coach in the offseason to join Tampa Bay.

"Even in the interview process, I wouldn't say (coach Jon Cooper) was keeping it to himself, but he was very clear and talked about being an inclusive staff," Lalonde said.

"I think that's something … he wanted to be a little better than maybe he had felt he has been in the past."

Lalonde said the inclusivity of the assistant coaches has extended from simple faceoffs to special-teams structures. He said he believes this fits him well because he has filled a variety of roles in all levels of hockey.

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