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Michael Kostka
Michael Kostka
Defenseman
Number: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 210
Shoots: Right
Born: Nov 28, 1985  (Age 28)
Birthplace: Etobicoke, ON, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent on 7/19/13

2013-14 Notes:

- Split the season between Tampa Bay and Chicago

Established career-highs in goals (four), points (11), and plus/minus rating (plus-10), and tied a career-high in shots on goal (49)

- Posted a plus or even rating in 24 of 28 games he played

- Tallied his first career NHL goal on Oct. 19 vs. TOR

- Recorded the first multi-point game of his career by tallying two points (one goal, one assist) on Dec. 10 at DAL

- Made his debut with Tampa Bay on Mar. 1 at DAL and registered his first point as a member of the Lightning with an assist on Mar. 2 at COL  

- Led Tampa Bay in plus/minus rating (plus-two), tied for the team lead in assists (two), and tied for fourth on the team in points (two) and blocked shots (four) in the playoffs

- Recorded his first career NHL playoff point with an assist in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals vs. MTL on Apr. 16



Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, March 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL), August 25, 2010. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida with Evan Oberg for James Wright and Mike Vernace, December 2, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 19, 2013. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Chicago, February 23, 2014. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to lower-body injury vs. Toronto, October 19, 2013 and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2014.