Luke Witkowski

#28 D / Detroit Red Wings / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-2 Weight: 217 lb Age: 27 College: Western Michigan

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  • Witkowski was slapped with a 10-game suspension for his actions in Wednesday's 8-2 home win over the Flames, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Witkowski was ejected from the game, only to come back out on the ice to fight some more, and that's not something the NHL takes lightly. With Trevor Daley (upper body) and Danny DeKeyser (ankle) already ailing, expect the Wings to call up a defenseman from AHL Grand Rapids. Joe Hicketts, for one, should be standing by his phone.

  • Witkowski has watched the last two games from the press box as a healthy scratch. Signed to a two-year deal with Detroit as an unrestricted free agent this summer, Witkowski's a unique talent because he can line up as a defenseman or a bottom-six forward if necessary. However, he only averaged 4:26 of ice time through his first two games donning a red sweater, and that's not nearly enough action to warrant fantasy consideration.

  • Witkowski signed a two-year, $750,000 contract with the Red Wings on Saturday, Ansar Khan of reports. Detroit had such little cap space to work with that Witkowski and Trevor Daley were the team's lone signings amid the league-wide frenzy. Acquiring Daley filled a glaring need on the blue line since he excels on special teams, but the lesser-known Witkowski should be considered a nice acquisition in his own right given that he's capable of playing on defense or even up front on the lower lines. In fact, Khan believes the 27-year-old -- formerly with Tampa Bay's system -- will shuffle between the blue line and the fourth-line, right-wing spot in the upcoming season.

  • Witkowski remains a healthy scratch for the Lightning. He has just three points in 20 games and is best considered a spare part at this point in his career.

  • The Lightning's trade of Nikita Nesterov clears space for Witkowski to remain with the team indefinitely, reports Erik Erlendsson of Bolts' general manager Steve Yzerman moved Nesterov to the Habs because he felt they'd lose either Witkowski or Nesterov to waivers. Witkowski, who has two assists in 14 games this season, is a right shot and that fits Stevie Y's R-L approach to balance on the blue line. Just don't expect much by way of offence.

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