Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka (21) looks to pass against the Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Mike Kostka Diagnosed With a Concussion After Hit From Douglas Murray

There is some bad news for fans in the Bolts Nation. After taking an elbow to the head at the hands of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka has been diagnosed with a concussion.

The news come at the hands of Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Writer Missy Zielinski on Twitter.

As she said in her tweet, there is currently no timetable for Kostka’s return.

Earlier today, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Murray would face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday as a result of the hit.

Since the Lightning claimed the defenseman off of waivers from the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, he has scored 2 goals and 3 assists for a total of 5 points along with his plus-3 rating.

This is definitely quite the loss for the Tampa Bay Lightning. As they prepare to head into the post season, not having one a young, hard hitting defenseman like him is definitely a detriment.

Head injuries are a very unpredictable thing, and certainly nothing to mess with. There are only six games left in the regular season, and while there is still a chance that we may have the 6’1 Canadian defenseman back before the beginning of the post season, we certainly do not want him to rush back to the ice and risk further injury.

We here at Bolts By The Bay wish Mike Kostka a speedy and safe recovery. We hope to have you back out on the ice soon.


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