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32 Brendan Witt D
Height/Weight: 6-2/223 | Birthdate: 2/20/1975 | Birthplace: Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 14 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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2/5/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt shocked by demotion

Brendan Witt

Witt shocked by demotion

News: The Sports Xchange reports Brendan Witt hasn't played a minor-league game since reaching the NHL in 1996. But that is about to change. The Islanders assigned the 14-year veteran defenseman to AHL Bridgeport after he cleared waivers Thursday. Witt, who has five points and a minus-18 rating in 42 games this season, has one year remaining on his contract worth $3 million. He had been on the injured list with calf and knee injuries since Jan. 8. "I'm kind of shocked, but it is what it is," Witt said. "I think I could've played better, but it is what it is. Did it deserve this? I don't know, but it's just the way the business is and I'll try not to take it personal."
Analysis: General manager Garth Snow indicated the decision was a reflection of the team's ongoing transition to youth. "The nature of the beast is that in hockey sometimes you have to make tough decisions and this was certainly one of them," Snow said. "Everyone knows what Brendan brings to the table, he's a quality person and a fierce competitor." Added coach Scott Gordon: "I'm sure (Witt's) disappointed. But we're a team in transition." Witt had marginal Fantasy appeal to begin win, but perhaps a contender might consider trading for the vet blueliner. Ignore him in Fantasy until further notice.

2/4/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt clears waivers, sent to AHL

Brendan Witt

Witt clears waivers, sent to AHL

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the AHL.
Analysis: Witt has been out of commission since Jan. 8 with a leg injury and had just five points and a minus-18 before getting hurt. He has no Fantasy value at this time.

2/3/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt placed on waivers

Brendan Witt

Witt placed on waivers

News: Newsday reports that the Islanders have removed D Brandon Witt from injured reserve and placed him on waivers.
Analysis: Witt has been out of commission since Jan. 8 and had just five points and a minus-18 before getting hurt. He has little to no Fantasy value at this time.

1/30/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt nearing return to action?

News: The New York Post reports that Islanders D Brendan Witt (leg) could return to action during New York's four-game road trip that ends Thursday in Tampa.
Analysis: Witt, with his five points and minus-18 this season, shouldn't really be on anyone's Fantasy radar at this point. Continue to ignore him.

1/12/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt placed on injured reserve

Brendan Witt

Witt placed on injured reserve

News: The Islanders have placed D Brendan Witt on IR with a leg injury.
Analysis: Witt, with his five points and minus-18 this season, shouldn't really be on anyone's Fantasy radar at this point. Continue to ignore him.

1/11/2010

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt (leg) misses Monday practice

Brendan Witt

Witt (leg) misses Monday practice

News: Newsday reports that Islanders D Brendan Witt missed practice Monday to visit a doctor about a lower-leg issue.
Analysis: Witt, with his five points and minus-18 this season, shouldn't really be on anyone's Fantasy radar at this point.

11/23/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt posts minus-3 in return

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt was back in the lineup on Monday against the Maple Leafs after missing three games for personal reasons. He contributed no points in 15:31 of ice time and finished at minus-3. Witt has no points in his last seven games.
Analysis: Witt has been minus-2 or worst five times this season and has dropped to minus-10 on the year. This is not good after he finished minus-34 last season. Witt is on the ice for his defense, but he has definitely been lacking in that area as of late. He has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM.

11/21/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt remains out against Blues

News: D Brendan Witt (personal reasons) sat out for the third straight game for the Islanders on Saturday at St. Louis. He remains questionable for Monday at Toronto.
Analysis: Witt has two goals, three points and a minus-8 rating in 20 games. He has never been a big offensive threat and is more on the ice because of his defense. Since Witt has never been an offensive savvy player, he has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM. The safe play is to bench him for Fantasy Week 8 (Nov. 23-29).

11/21/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt still out for personal reasons

News: D Brendan Witt (personal reasons) sat out for the second straight game for the Islanders on Friday against the Wild.
Analysis: Witt has two goals, three points and a minus-8 rating in 20 games. He has never been a big offensive threat and is more on the ice because of his defense. Since Witt has never been an offensive savvy player, he has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM.

11/2/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt scores first two goals

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt notched his first goal of the season on Monday night in a 3-1 win over the Oilers. Witt scored his first goal in the 2nd period to give the Islanders the lead in the game for good. He added his second goal of the season for good measure about 10 minutes later in the 2nd frame. Witt finished plus-2 on the night.
Analysis: Witt had just one assist all season long before Monday's game. The veteran has a solid presence on the ice but doesn't record enough points regularly for normal use in Fantasy play. Leave him on waivers in all but the deepest of leagues.

3/29/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt used in SO despite no goals

News: The Sports Xchange reports Islanders D Brendan Witt has no goals in 58 appearances this season, but coach Scott Gordon rewarded the rugged defenseman by choosing Witt to be the Islanders' first shooter in the skills competition in a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday to the Flyers. "Why not?" Gordon said, when asked why he chose Witt to participate. "The last time we practiced the shootout, our defensemen were pretty successful and I told Witter we would use him."
Analysis: The 34-year-old defenseman has had some injury woes in 2008-09, but when he has been on the ice he has been a solid veteran presence. However, his defense hasn't been great (minus-31). Since Witt has never been an offensive savvy player, he has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM.

3/10/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt done with five-game suspension

News: D Brendan Witt returned to the Islanders lineup Tuesday against Toronto after serving a five-game suspension for a hit to the head of Maple Leafs RW Niklas Hagman, who is still sidelined. Witt didn't record a point in 19:15 of ice time and finished at even. He has no points in eight games.
Analysis: Witt has just seven points (no goals) in 49 this season. He is primarily a defensive player and has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM.

2/27/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt hit with five-game suspension

Brendan Witt

Witt hit with five-game suspension

News: New York Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt was suspended five games by the NHL on Friday for elbowing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman in the head. Witt will begin serving his ban Saturday against Buffalo and will lose more than $74,000 in salary. He can return March 10 at Toronto. He will also miss games against Colorado, the New York Rangers, New Jersey and Phoenix.
Analysis: Witt hit Hagman at 2:21 of the third period on Thursday night. Hagman was injured and did not return to the game, which was won by the visiting Leafs in a shootout. Officials gave Witt a major penalty and a game misconduct. Witt doesn't have a point in seven games and just seven (no goals) in 49 this season. He is primarily a defensive player and has little to no Fantasy value outside of leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats and PIM.

2/27/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

B. Witt racks up PIM

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt racked up 15 penalty minutes in Thursday's loss to the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Apart from a 17-PIM game back in October, Witt was behaving himself until February. Now the frustration of this season appears to be setting in as Witt has spent 31 minutes in the box in February. He remains barely worth using in Fantasy play.

1/22/2009

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt without point in 10 games

Brendan Witt

Witt without point in 10 games

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt failed to record a point and finished at even in 21:35 of ice time Wednesday against the Ducks. He doesn't have a point in his last 10 games.
Analysis: Witt is minus-22 in his last 23 games and has an ugly minus-27 rating for the season. He is a top-logging defenseman for New York, but is primarily on the ice for his defensive presence. He has had some bad plus/minus ratings in the past, so this is nothing new. Witt has little Fantasy value at this time.

12/30/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt is ruffling some feathers

News: The Sports Xchange reports Islanders D Brendan Witt ruffled some organizational feathers when he criticized coach Scott Gordon's aggressive forecheck system earlier in December, but the Isles had played tighter defensively over the previous four games, allowing just nine goals over that span. In the previous 11 games, the Isles had been bombarded for 53 goals or 4.82 per game. "I don't know if it was just because I said something," Witt said. "I just think we lost 10 in a row and guys know more situations on the ice. We have a young club. We're teaching these young guys that, in certain situations, you've got to know which lines you're up against, which ones are most dangerous. ... We've just been working on it in practice, playing five-on-five every day, getting to know our assignments and how we want to play certain situations."
Analysis: Witt has always prided himself on defense and to see him have a nasty minus-16 rating would upset anyone. Witt is doing his best to rally the troops, but that doesn't mean his offensive game is going to take off. Witt is still be used in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for PIM and short-handed stats.

12/17/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt finishes with ugly minus-5 rating

Brendan Witt

Witt finishes with ugly minus-5 rating

News: The Sports Xchange reports that Islanders D Brendan Witt had a rough night against one of his former teams, going an unfathomable minus-5 in the 5-4 defeat.
Analysis: Witt is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats.

11/22/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt has assist in first game back

News: Brendan Witt returned for the Islanders Friday against the Devils after missing four weeks because of a sprained knee. He had an assist and plus-1 rating in 17 minutes of ice time. He didn't take a shot on net.
Analysis: When healthy, Witt is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats.

11/18/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt could return on Friday

News: The New York Daily News reports that Islanders D Brendan Witt could return to action Friday after missing 12 games with a knee injury.
Analysis: Witt doesn't have a point in six games this season, but has 17 penalty minutes. When healthy, he is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats. Keep him reserved until at least Fantasy Week 8 (Nov. 24-30).

10/27/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt sidelined 3-4 weeks

Brendan Witt

Witt sidelined 3-4 weeks

News: Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt missed his second straight game Monday against the Rangers and is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks because of a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Witt doesn't have a point in six games this season, but has 17 penalty minutes. When healthy, he is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats. Keep him reserved until at least mid-November.

10/25/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt can't return Saturday

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt (lower body) was a scratch from Saturday's game against the Hurricanes.
Analysis: Witt doesn't have a point in six games this season, but has 17 penalty minutes. When healthy, he is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats.

10/24/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI Witt bangs up lower body

Brendan Witt

Witt bangs up lower body

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt didn't return to Thursday's game against the Stars after a knee-to-knee collision with Krys Barch in the first period. The team said it was an undisclosed lower-body injury, and that Witt would be re-evaluated Friday. "It's always a tough situation when a D-man goes down," Islanders defenseman Freddy Meyer said. Witt didn't have a point in 3:07 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: Witt doesn't have a point in six games this season, but has 17 penalty minutes. When healthy, he is primarily a checking defenseman and short-handed specialist. He has limited Fantasy appeal outside of leagues that reward heavily for PIM or short-handed stats.

10/21/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt has 17 penalty minutes already

News: Islanders D Brendan Witt, who only had 51 penalty minutes last season but was a regular in the box earlier in his career, already has 17 penalty minutes in five games this season.
Analysis: Witt can be useful in deeper Rotisserie leagues that reward penalty minutes, but he really shouldn't be owned in head-to-head formats right now.

7/9/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Isles ink Witt to extension

News: The New York Islanders have signed alternate captain Brendan Witt to a two-year contract extension worth $6 million through the 2010-11 season. In his two years with the Islanders, the defenseman has played in 140 games with three goals and 18 assists. He often has been assigned the role of shutting down the opponent's top lines.
Analysis: Witt can be a decent troublemaker during games, but he really is nothing more than a low-end flier in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes when healthy.

3/12/2008

Brendan Witt, D, NYI

Brendan Witt

Witt (knee) might shut it down

News: Newsday reports that Islanders D Brendan Witt, who returned from a sprained knee injury on Mar. 1, is still having trouble with the joint and might have to call an end to his season. "I guess we’ll see how it is in the next couple of days," Witt said. "If it’s not getting any better, we’ll have to talk about it."
Analysis: Witt can be a decent troublemaker during games, but he really is nothing more than a flier in leagues that reward heavily for penalty minutes when healthy.