Lightning’s Jake Dotchin clears waivers after ‘breach of contract’

Defenceman Jake Dotchin seen here skating with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Defenceman Jake Dotchin has cleared waivers one day after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.

The Lightning said the move was due to a “material breach of contract” and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Friday the team was unhappy with Dotchin’s conditioning as training camp opened.

Dotchin, 24, had one year and $812,500 remaining on his contract before he was slated to become a restricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign.

Selected in the sixth round (161st overall) by Tampa in 2012, Dotchin has 22 points and 73 penalty minutes in 83 career NHL games all played over the past two seasons.

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