It would seem that the winds of change are blowing in the direction of the Tampa Bay Lightning. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Tampa Bay Lightning has claimed Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka off of waivers.
Now, if you have been following the organization for some time, you may just remember his name. Besides the fact that he bears a striking resemblance to a certain God of Thunder, he was a member of the 2012 Norfolk Admirals team that claimed the Calder Cup. This was the last season the Lightning was affiliated with the Admirals. The next season, they became affiliated with the Syracuse Crunch.
The very next season, Kostka would venture to the great, white north. He would divide his time in the 2012-13 season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Kostka was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a Free Agent on July 19, 2013.
So far this season, Kostka has suited up for 9 games with the Chicago Blackhawks. In this time, he has scored two goals and an assist for a total of three points. He is also sitting pretty with a plus-3 rating.
What role will Kostka play in the remainder of the season for the Tampa Bay Lightning? At this point, no one is saying; however, with only 5 more days to go until the Lightning season picks back up after the Olympic break, I have a feeling we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.