Lightning's Dotchin sits for preseason after breaking team rule
Do the crime, do the time.
While Smith did not indicate the nature of Dotchin's rule-breaking, he added that the decision will not have an impact on the blue-liner's roster spot.
Dotchin made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, registering 11 points in 35 games. The 23-year-old is expected to fill a role among Tampa Bay's top six defensemen this year.
The Lightning have played four exhibition contests thus far, posting a 2-2-0 record.