Kostka was claimed off of waivers from Chicago last Sunday, but was a scratch on Thursday. He has two goals and one assist in nine games with the Blackhawks this season. He will dress as the Lightning's seventh defenseman today.
The Lightning claimed D Mike Kostka off waivers from Chicago on Sunday.
Kostka will join the team this week. The 28-year-old has appeared in 44 career NHL games between Toronto and Chicago, scoring two goals and 11 points. He made his NHL debut last season with the Maple Leafs after spending his first four seasons in the AHL. Kostka will be reunited with coach Jon Cooper, who coached Kostka in Norfolk in 2011-12, when the Admirals captured the Calder Cup championship.
The Blackhawks have recalled Mike Kostka from Rockford (AHL).
Kostka has not played since October 19 due to a foot injury. He was sent to Rockford for conditioning but is now back with the big club. The Hawks are pretty deep on the blueline so he likely won't be in the lineup on a nightly basis. He had just eight assists in 35 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
Ryan Malone (foot) was put on injured reserve with what is believed to be a chipped bone in his foot, sustained blocking a shot Friday against the Ducks.
Malone had already been ruled out for the weekend, so his placement on IR is no surprise. It allowed the Lightning to recall right wing Dana Tyrell from AHL Syracuse. If Malone does have a chipped bone, he will miss more than just the weekend. Monitor his status as the weekend approaches.
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defensemen Michael Kostka
Kostka, 27, divided the 2012-13 season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL Toronto Marlies. He had eight assists and 27 penalty minutes in 35 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs during his first NHL season; he was scoreless in one Stanley Cup Playoff game. Kostka paced Marlies defensemen and ranked fifth on the club with 34 points (six goals) in 34 games. He has 37 goals and 183 points in 341 AHL games with five teams from 2007-13.
“I established myself as an offensive defensemen last year but I take pride in playing an all-around game and don’t just play one end of the ice,’’ Kostka said. “Obviously, it’s always been my goal to play in the NHL.”
Kotska surviving the recent roster cuts indicates he could have made the team. Kostka led the Rochester Americans in points last season. At 25 he has little left to prove at the AHL level which could lead the team to keep him around as a spare defender.