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Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year contract

The Detroit Red Wings today signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a two-year contract.

Witkowski, 31, played 65 games with the Red Wings over the course of two seasons between 2017 and 2019 before he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has shifted from defense to the wing at different points of his career. The Red Wings are signing him as a defenseman.

The native of Holland, Mich. and product of Western Michigan has been playing with Tampa’s AHL squad the Syracuse Crunch the past two seasons.

Witkowski originally was drafted by the Lightning back in 2008 — 160th overall in the 6th round. He played under Detroit GM Steve Yzerman while Yzerman was Tampa’s GM.

Igor Burdetskiy

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