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Syracuse Crunch captain Luke Witkowski signs free-agent deal with Detroit

After getting a second go-round with the Tampa Bay organization the past two seasons, Syracuse Crunch captain Luke Witkowski is going the same route with Detroit.

Witkowski, a defenseman, inked a two-year deal with Detroit on Thursday. Witkowski played with the Red Wings from 2017-19 after starting his pro hockey career with Tampa Bay and Syracuse from 2012-17. Witkowski returned to Tampa Bay as a free agent in 2019.

Last season, he skated in 14 games for Syracuse before he was sidelined by an injury.

Over eight professional seasons, Witkowski has notched 13 points (2-11-13) and 162 penalty minutes in 131 NHL games between Detroit and Tampa Bay and 47 points (9-38-47), a plus-32 rating and 619 penalty minutes in 261 AHL games, all with Syracuse.