Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.
The fans here in the Bolts Nation were forced to say goodbye to a number of well-liked players today. Unfortunately, some people tend to forget that while hockey is the greatest sport on Earth, it is also a business. Sometimes, what is best for business is not always the most well-liked decision.
As the free agency period opened today, some players found new homes rather quickly; one of those players had only been with us for a short period.
Kostka’s new deal is worth a reported $650,000.
The Ontario native played in 19 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season after being traded to the Bolts from the Chicago Blackhawks. In that time, the 6 foot 1 inch tall 210 pound defenseman was able to score 2 goals and 6 assists for a total of 8 points to accompany a plus-7 rating.
Prior to that, Kostka suited up for 9 games with the Chicago Blackhawks where he scored 2 goals and 1 assist for an additional 3 points and accompanying plus-3 rating.
Kostka may have been new to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he was very familiar to the Bolts organization. Kostka was a member of the 2011-12 Norfolk Admirals team that captured the Calder Cup back when the Admirals were still the Lightning’s AHL affiliate.
Kostka offered a solid defense with a moderate scoring ability. The reason why Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman let him walk is a bit of an illusion to me; however, at least for the time being, I have chosen to place my trust in Yzerman and believe that he does have a grand plan in place to bring Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Tampa Bay.
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