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November 2, 2019 12:16 PM
Lightning's Luke Witkowski: Designated for waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski was placed on waivers by the Lightning on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

By waiving Witkowski, Tampa Bay is clearing the way for Victor Hedman (lower body) and Patrick Maroon (upper body) to come off injured reserve ahead of the team's trip to Sweden for Global Series clashes with Buffalo. In his previous five outings, the 29-year-old Witkowski notched one assist, three shots and 19 hits while averaging just 9:11 of ice time. Assuming he clears, Witkowski will link up with AHL Syracuse, but he should be atop the list of potential call-ups if needed.

October 12, 2019 08:24 PM
Lightning's Luke Witkowski: Suddenly a sniper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski scored his first goal of the season in Tampa's 4-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

It was a sweet snap shot from the left circle that beat Craig Anderson five-hole. Witkowski has scored just twice in 124 NHL games. And he's never put in more than four points in any season. But this year, Witkowski has managed two points in five games in limited ice time. He's no fantasy force, but it's a nice story for a 29-year-old journeyman who's still living out his childhood dream.

October 7, 2019 12:52 PM
Lightning's Luke Witkowski: Workload dropping
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski's ice time has dropped in half since opening night.

He played 10:53 on opening night, but just 5:32 Sunday night. But interestingly enough, he's still out on the ice for the same number of shifts (11). The pace of the game is fast and that may hold Witkowski back. And with Jan Rutta warming up the press box, Witkowski could switch places with him soon.

July 1, 2019 04:32 PM
Lightning's Luke Witkowski: Returns to Bolts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski signed a two-year, two-way contract with Tampa Bay on Monday.

Witkowski's career began in Tampa Bay, as the Lightning snagged him with a sixth-round (160th overall) pick in 2008. He took his talents to his native Detroit ahead of the 2017-18 season, but with Ken Holland leaving his GM post for Edmonton, there was no longer a fit for the physical defenseman who has a limited offensive skill set.

April 4, 2019 06:52 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski (undisclosed) will play Thursday against the Penguins.

Witkowski was considered questionable for Thursday's contest, but whatever was bothering him clearly wasn't overly serious. The 28-year-old will once again serve as the Red Wings' seventh defenseman against Pittsburgh.

April 4, 2019 12:00 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Questionable Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski is in doubt for Thursday's clash with Pittsburgh.

Witkowski has been playing as the seventh defenseman for the Red Wings, but appears to be dealing with some sort of issue. Coach Jeff Blashill didn't specify what was ailing the 28-year-old or whether it might affect his eligibility for the season finale versus Buffalo on Saturday. Considering the blueliner managed just two assists in 32 outings this year, his potential absence from the lineup won't impact most fantasy owners.

March 15, 2019 01:56 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Still not playing often
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski has only played in four of seven games this month.

Witkowski continues to be used sparingly, and that ominous trend is not likely to break since the Red Wings signed a pair of college prospects -- Ryan Kuffman and Taro Hirose -- to shore up the depth up front. Versatility is a big part of Witkowski's game, but he'll have an even tougher time staying in the lineup with the Original Six club eager to get an early look at who might crack the opening roster for 2019-20.

January 1, 2019 10:36 AM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Chips in assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski garnered an assist in Monday's 4-3 shootout home loss to the Panthers.

This was just the second point of the season for Witkowski. Fantasy owners can safely pass over him since he's only averaging 7:48 of ice time and doesn't play every game.

December 5, 2018 09:32 AM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Tallies rare point
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski had an assist during Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Tampa Bay.

Witkowski got his name onto the scoresheet, as he recorded not only his first assist, but his first point of the season. The physical defender should not be counted on for much ice time, let alone many points, so he is not worth adding in fantasy leagues.

November 14, 2018 11:05 AM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Frequenting press box
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski sat out as a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive game Tuesday, watching his team defeat the Coyotes at home, 6-1.

Coincidence or not, the Wings have won the last four games without the services of Witkowski. The Western Michigan University product, who possesses sandpaper grit, knows that he's only going to be deployed against some of the league's bigger opponents, or when his team finds itself slammed with injuries. As a result, he can safely be bypassed in all fantasy leagues.

October 3, 2018 06:29 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Bounces back to NHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Ansar Khan of reports.

Witkowski was assigned to the Griffins on Tuesday, but that was before the Wings knew that they would be placing Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and Niklas Kronwall (undisclosed) on IR. Witkowski is a non-factor in most fantasy leagues since he's an enforcer playing in an era where most teams would much rather have a speedy scorer than a guy whose primary focus is to drop the mitts.

October 2, 2018 11:49 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Will sync up with AHL's Griffins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

The fear in sending Witkowski to the minors is that the Red Wings could get pushed around without him. Listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, the 28-year-old winger arguably acts the part of an old-school enforcer better than anyone else on the organizational depth chart. He's largely devoid of offense, though, adding just eight points over 85 career NHL games between the Lightning and Wings.

October 2, 2018 11:45 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Remains at top level for now
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Despite clearing waivers, Witkowski will remain with Detroit for the time being, Ansar Khan of reports.

The Red Wings' blue-line corps has been decimated by injuries, so the club will take a wait-and-see approach to determine whether Witkowski -- who can slot in as a defenseman or forward -- will be needed at the top level for Thursday's home opener versus the Blue Jackets.

October 1, 2018 09:57 AM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Designated for waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski landed on the waiver wire Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

Witkowski was likely considered a favorite for the seventh defenseman spot in Detroit, but now will be reassigned to the minors -- at least for the start of the 2018-19 campaign, although a bevy of injuries on the Wings' blue line could require the club to keep Witkowski in the NHL for the time being.

August 21, 2018 12:21 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Unlikely to make parent-club roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski will be hard-pressed to make the Opening Night roster with the Red Wings, The Detroit News reports.

Witkowski is considered one of the toughest players on the Wings, but there are a handful of blue-line prospects champing at the bit for playing time at the highest level, including, but not limited to: Joe Hicketts, Libor Sulak and Filip Hronek. It's completely safe to ignore the former in fantasy settings since he's only produced eight points since his NHL career began with the Lightning in 2014-15.

April 9, 2018 03:49 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Kept off fantasy radar
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski provided a mere four points through 31 games in 2017-18, as he was a part-time player who only averaged 6:53 of ice time.

The Wings primarily deployed Witkowski against bigger opponents and he managed 57 hits with 68 PIM in limited action. You won't see him on any fantasy rosters next season, though his ability to play up front or on the blue line is a nice luxury when injuries threaten the big club. He'll be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 campaign.

March 4, 2018 10:16 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Drops gloves in losing effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski amassed three hits and five penalty minutes in Sunday's 4-1 road loss to Minnesota.

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill opted to scratch Martin Frk in favor of the more physical Witkowski, but in hindsight, that probably wasn't his finest decision. Witkowski, who sparred with defenseman Nick Seeler in the second period to pick up that five-minute major, only ended up with 5:25 of ice time. His role is much too small to warrant fantasy attention.

January 27, 2018 12:37 AM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Barely seeing ice in Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski is still searching for his first point through 19 games as a Red Wing.

No one is ever going to mistake Witkowski for an offensive producer, but even a broken clock is correct twice a day, right? Well, as much as the Wings appreciate how the Michigan native can play forward or patrol the blue line, he's only set eight shots on goal this year. Even worse, he's averaging a mere 6:13 of ice time with his already limited fantasy prospects further squelched by the fact that he missed 10 games due to suspension, having jumped back on the ice after a brawl. As you can see, there are several reasons to avoid Witkowski in the fantasy realm, and it's probably only a matter of time before the Wings consider cutting him loose.

December 10, 2017 02:32 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Suspension over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Witkowski is eligible to play Monday against Florida after serving a 10-game suspension.

The Michigan native earned the hefty suspension for returning to the ice after being ejected in a game against Calgary on Nov. 15. With just four points in a 62-game NHL career, don't expect Witkowski's return to make much of a fantasy impact.

November 16, 2017 10:25 PM
Red Wings' Luke Witkowski: Receives 10-game ban
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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