Lightning sign Jake Dotchin to two-year deal
As expected, the Lightning re-signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to a two-year deal. The average annual value is $812,500.
That'll likely be a bargain for Tampa Bay, with Dotchin, 23, balancing out its blueline last season, emerging as a strong partner for Victor Hedman.
With Dotchin and Slater Koekkoek (one year, $800,000) signed, the Lightning's next order of business is signing RFAs Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. Palat filed for arbitration by today's 5 p.m. deadline, not sure yet on Johnson. The Lightning, of course, could still sign both forwards before a hearing, like it did with Alex Killorn last July.
Developing: The Lightning is expected to announce a two-year, one-way deal with restricted free agent defenseman Jake Dotchin.
Dotchin, 23, helped balance out the blueline in the second half of last season, playing in his first 35 NHL games. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman provided needed grit, and was a strong partner for Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman.
With Dotchin signing soon, and fellow defenseman Slater Koekkoek signing a one-year, $800,000 deal Monday, the Lightning has two key restricted free agents left: center Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.
GM Steve Yzerman said Saturday his plan is to sign both Johnson and Palat. Tampa Bay has around $15 million in cap space to work with. But Johnson and Palat have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to file for arbitration, which would lead to a hearing in late July on what their salaries would be. Both Johnson and Palat are expected to be seeking long-term deals, having just come off three-year, bridge deals worth $3.3 million annually.