Bolts get Dotchin under contract, still need to sign Johnson and Palat


Two days after signing Slater Koekkoek, the Tampa Bay Lightning got another young defenseman under contract. Jake Dotchin has inked a two-year, one-way deal with a cap hit of $812,500.

Dotchin, 23, was a pleasant surprise for the Bolts in 2016-17. As a rookie, he played 35 games and had 11 assists.

Now that Koekkoek and Dotchin have been taken care of, GM Steve Yzerman can turn his attention to restricted free agent forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat.

Johnson and Palat both have until 5 p.m. ET today to file for arbitration.