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Lightning claim Kostka off waivers from Blackhawks

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 2:20 PM / News


The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed defenseman Michael Kostka off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Kostka had two goals, one assist and a plus-3 rating in nine games for Chicago. He missed most of October and all of November with a lower-body injury. He was a healthy scratch in the Blackhawks' five games before the Olympic break and 13 times in the past 16 games.

He also had an assist and a plus-3 rating in two games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League this season.

Kostka signed a one-year, $625,000 contract with the Blackhawks in July after playing in a career-high 35 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012-13, when he also set career-highs in assists (eight) and points (eight).

In 2011-12 Kostka won a Calder Cup championship with the Lightning affiliate Norfolk Admirals, where he had six goals, 12 points and a plus-14 rating in 18 games.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round