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Michael Kostka
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Michael Kostka

New York Rangers  Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: November 28, 1985  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Etobicoke, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 210
Shoots: Right
Last Game: Was credited with one hit, recorded one takeaway, blocked one shot, and posted a plus-one rating in 11:58 of ice time on Nov. 11 vs. PIT - Has posted a plus-three rating in the last five games 2014-15 - Tallied his first point as a Ranger with an assist, posted a plus-one rating, and was credited with two blocked shots in 10:57 of ice time on Nov. 5 vs. DET - Tied for the team-high with three hits, recorded three shots on goal, and was credited with three blocked shots in 21:56 of ice time on Nov. 1 vs. WPG - Recorded three shots on goal and was credited with one blocked shot in 15:42 of ice time while making his Rangers debut on Oct. 14 vs. NYI CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - Led all AHL defensemen in goals (six) and points (12) while helping Norfolk win the Calder Cup in 2011-12 BACKGROUND - Was named to Hockey East's All-Academic Team in each of his four collegiate seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Majored in Psychology
Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, March 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL), August 25, 2010. Traded to Tampa Bay by Florida with Evan Oberg for James Wright and Mike Vernace, December 2, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 1, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 19, 2013. Claimed on waivers by Tampa Bay from Chicago, February 23, 2014. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to lower-body injury vs. Toronto, October 19, 2013 and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 1, 2014.
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The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.

— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday
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