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Lightning claim Mike Kostka off of waivers

Feb 23, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 02: Mike Kostka #6 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 2, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steve Yzerman might have stepped down as executive director of Team Canada after leading the nation to its second straight gold medal, but he’s still got plenty of work ahead of him with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost defenseman Mike Kostka as he was claimed off of waivers by the Lightning, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Kostka had two goals and three points in nine games with Chicago in 2013-14. He averaged 14:26 minutes of ice time, but was used heavily with the man advantage when he did play.

At the AHL level, Kostka has developed into a top-tier offensive defenseman, but the 28-year-old has just 44 games worth of NHL experience.

He is signed to a one-year, two-way contract and is owed $325,000 annually even at the minor league level.

  1. prd797 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Would definitely have preferred to not have Kostka get claimed, as you cannot have too much depth, but at least he is going back to an organisation where he found success. Mike gets to be reunited with his former Norfolk coach Jon Cooper and several of his ex-Norfolk teammates as well.

    I wish him the best of luck with the Lightning.

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    I think this opens the door for Stephen Johns to sign and come up to the Hawks when his season in Notre Dame is over. Or we could see Klas Dahlbeck or Adam Clendening if the Hawks want to keep 8 defenseman. This makes losing Ryan Stanton to the Canucks on waivers sting that much more as he beat out Stanton in camp.

  3. slysipops - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    OUCH ! man i hate to see him go. he was quite impressive for the small amout of playing time he got .i suppose there is some logic to this move by the HAWKS …..but i still hate to see him go !

  4. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Good pick-up from his old organization.

    Living in Toronto got to see him play quite a few games. He’s not a top 6 D-man, but can be effective.

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