Lightning use waivers to make room for Hedman and Maroon

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is getting crowded and that’s why on Saturday the team had to place defenseman Luke Witkowski on waivers. 

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that Witkowski was placed on waivers. 

By waiving Witkowski, the Bolts are 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 the Buffalo Sabres. 

In his previous five outings, the 29-year-old blue liner put up one assist, three shots and 19 hits while averaging just 9:11 of ice time. 

If he clears ahed of tomorrow’s deadline, Witkowski will link up with AHL Syracuse, but he should be atop the list of potential call-ups if needed.