Ken Holland knew that if he wanted to get his team back to the postseason, it would start on the blue line.
"We know that we're adding two real character people to our line up, two real good pros and two guys that are going to be great additions not only on the ice but off the ice in the locker room," GM Ken Holland said.
Trevor Daley is the experienced vet who just hoisted this piece of hardware in back to back seasons, while Luke Witkowski is a bit of a journeyman, who is known more so for his fists and fight than his scoring touch.
"He knows how to play the game, it's not only fighting it's just being able to let the other team know that it could be a tough night and when they want to play a certain way you've got the ability to respond," Holland added.
"To come back to Michigan to play for the Red Wings is a dream come true. My phone is going absolutely crazy right now, I'm very excited, it's an opportunity I got to earn my spot and I'm really looking forward to it," Witkowski added.
Both players said that Ken Holland mentioned the new arena in their talks and both admitted it helped in their decision making but while Little Caesars Arena is nice and shiny, it was the winged wheel that sealed the deal.
"Every since I came into this league Detroit has set the mark of where a team should be, their playoff history, their Stanley Cups just the history in Detroit, to me was a no brainer to try to be apart of what they're trying to do," Daley said.