A physical, blue-collar winger, Luke Glendening hails from Michigan and naturally fits in the Motor City. The Red Wings have the versatile penalty killer under contract through the 2020-21 campaign, costing the club a reasonable $1.8 million per season. However, the obvious downside to Glendening from a fantasy perspective is his limited ice time, as he was unable to average more than 15 minutes per contest in his first four NHL seasons, plus he spent time in the summer rehabbing from a fractured ankle that required surgery. The 28-year-old's only worth a look if your virtual roster runs extremely deep or puts a special emphasis on defensive stats like hits and blocked shots.
Glendening has worked past his left ankle injury, per Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. The bottom-six grinder went under the knife in June, and he's returning on the earlier side of his initial 3-to-4-month timetable. With the Wings seemingly having a soft spot for homegrown talent, it's safe to say that Glendening will be a mainstay in the lineup as long as he stays healthy, but there's not much fantasy appeal here since his career high to date is 21 points from the 2015-16 season.
Glendening (ankle) is free to be taken by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Red Wings GM Ken Holland loves his hometown boys -- Glendening is one of them -- but the bottom-six winger's ankle injury is expected to keep him out for 3-to-4 months and that certainly didn't help his chances of being protected. Since Glendening's injury isn't expected to jeopardize his career, the Wings were free to expose him to the Golden Knights. When healthy, he'll deliver a copious amount of hits along with the occasional goal or helper, but fantasy players can probably disregard him either way.
Glendening underwent successful surgery on his left ankle Monday. His recovery timetable is set at 3-to-4 months. The bottom-six grinder fractured his ankle and sustained partially torn tendons late in the 2016-17 season. Glendening attempted to rehab the injury by resting, but GM Ken Holland said surgery was necessary to ensure that the winger will be good to go for the start of the next campaign. One of several Michigan natives donning the Winged Wheel, Glendening contributed 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 74 games, which is likely not enough to move the needle in most fantasy formats.
Glendening (lower body) will miss the rest of the season due to a fractured ankle/foot, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. The gritty utility winger had a typical season in the bottom six, adding 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) with 150 hits and 62 blocked shots over 74 games. Glendening remains a solid line defender, with his career-worst minus-10 rating more of a systemic problem than a knock on him personally. With the Red Wings officially out of the playoff picture, he'll have plenty of time to prepare for the 2017-18 campaign.
Glendening (lower body) will be replaced in Tuesday's lineup by Tomas Nosek, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The low-end grinder left Monday's contest against the Hurricanes after only four shifts. He's day-to-day for now.
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