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Michael Kostka

Michael Kostka

New York Rangers  Defenseman
BIRTHDATE: November 28, 1985  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Etobicoke, ON, Canada
Shoots: Right

2013-14 Notes:

- Split the season between Tampa Bay and Chicago

Established career-highs in goals (four), points (11), and plus/minus rating (plus-10), and tied a career-high in shots on goal (49)

- Posted a plus or even rating in 24 of 28 games he played

- Tallied his first career NHL goal on Oct. 19 vs. TOR

- Recorded the first multi-point game of his career by tallying two points (one goal, one assist) on Dec. 10 at DAL

- Made his debut with Tampa Bay on Mar. 1 at DAL and registered his first point as a member of the Lightning with an assist on Mar. 2 at COL  

- Led Tampa Bay in plus/minus rating (plus-two), tied for the team lead in assists (two), and tied for fourth on the team in points (two) and blocked shots (four) in the playoffs

- Recorded his first career NHL playoff point with an assist in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division Semifinals vs. MTL on Apr. 16

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.
Quote of the Day

It was the look in his eyes. Hockey is the most important thing in his life. He wants to be a hockey player, and nothing's going to stop him from being a hockey player.

— Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on forward Alex Galchenyuk's potential