|Assets:||Has good size for the blueline position. Is a decent puck-mover who limits his mistakes when on the ice. Can be used on the power play at lower levels.|
|Flaws:||Could stand to improve his decision-making with the puck in order to maximize his NHL skills. Isn't a very physical defender, despite good size.|
|Career Potential:||Journeyman puck-moving defenseman with a little upside.|
|HE||Second All-Star Team||2007-08|
|11/14/2014||Assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).|
|11/13/2014||Placed on waivers by the New York Rangers.|
|10/10/2014||Recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).|
|10/06/2014||Assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL).|
|10/05/2014||Placed on waivers by the New York Rangers.|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|4/10/2014||Missed 3 games (concussion).|
|4/02/2014||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|2/23/2014||Claimed off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|2/22/2014||Placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|12/08/2013||Recalled from Rockford (AHL).|
|12/08/2013||Missed 23 games (lower body injury).|
|12/04/2013||Loaned to Rockford (AHL) for conditioning.|
|10/25/2013||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|10/24/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/23/2013||Lower body injury, injured reserve.|
|7/19/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks to a one-year contract.|
|5/13/2013||Missed the last 6 playoff games (broken finger).|
|5/04/2013||Broken finger, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/12/2013||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract.|
|12/02/2011||Assigned to Norfolk (AHL).|
|12/02/2011||Acquired from the Florida Panthers.|
|9/30/2011||Assigned to San Antonio (AHL).|
|6/30/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers to a one-year, two-way contract.|
|9/24/2010||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|9/15/2010||Invited to training camp by the Florida Panthers.|
|8/25/2010||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|4/22/2010||Recalled from Portland (AHL).|
|9/22/2009||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|9/30/2008||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|3/25/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|3/25/2008||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|7/01/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers.|
|2/23/2014||Claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|7/19/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks.|
|7/01/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs.|
|12/02/2011||Florida Panthers traded Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg to the Tampa Bay Lightning for James Wright and Mike Vernace.|
|6/30/2011||Signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers.|
|3/25/2008||Signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Sabres.|
Rangers defenseman Mike Kostka has been recalled from AHL Hartfor to replace the injured Dan Boyle. | 10/11/2014 11:13 AM
NewsRangers defenseman Mike Kostka has been recalled from AHL Hartfor to replace the injured Dan Boyle.
ImpactThere is still unlikely Kostka dresses for the game on Saturday against the Blue Jackets. Coach Alain Vigneault noted that Matt Hunwick will be paired with John Moore which leaves Kostka out.
Mike Kostka signs with the Rangers | 07/01/2014 12:59 PM
NewsThe New York Rangers have signed defenseman Mike Kostka to a one-year contract.
Dale Lamontagne on Twitter
ImpactNo terms have been announced. Kostka is a depth defenseman who will see limited action with the Rangers unless there are significant injuries.
Mike Kostka (concussion) will play Thursday | 04/10/2014 4:08 PM
NewsMike Kostka (concussion) will be back in the lineup on Thursday.
St. Petersburg Times
ImpactHe was temporarily knocked unconscious and suffered his first concussion after he was victimized by illegal check to the head from Montreal's Doug Murray on Apr. 1. "In talking to the trainers and stuff, they said it's weird that sometimes the ones that look the worst are sometimes the ones that turn out to be quick recoveries," Kostka said. "There's really no rhyme or reason why you recover at the speed that you do." He'll be paired with Victor Hedman against Philadelphia. Kostka has five points and a plus-3 rating in 16 games for Tampa Bay.
Mike Kostka (concussion) skated Tuesday | 04/09/2014 8:47 AM
NewsMike Kostka (concussion) skated on Tuesday in a no-contact jersey.
Impact"I'm feeling a little better every day and following the proper protocol to make sure we are not pushing it too hard," Kostka said. "I'm gradually picking things up so we don't have any setbacks on the road to recovery. I think I've been pretty fortunate." He suffered a concussion on Apr. 1 when he was hit by Montreal's Doug Murray.
Mike Kostka does have a concussion | 04/02/2014 2:18 PM
NewsMike Kostka did in fact suffer a concussion on Tuesday night.
Damian Cristodero on Twitter
ImpactHe was on the receiving end of a hit to his head from Montreal's Doug Murray. There's no timetable set for his return.
Mike Kostka hurt Tuesday after high hit | 04/02/2014 11:27 AM
NewsMike Kostka was nailed by an illegal check to the head in Tuesday's game against Montreal.
ImpactCanadiens blueliner Doug Murray appeared to hit Kostka with an elbow to the head on the play and he received a match penalty for the play. Murray will have a disciplinary hearing with the league on Thursday. A stretcher came onto the ice, but Kostka was able to get up and skate off on his own after he temporarily lost consciousnesses. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he was concussed, but the Lightning haven't updated his status yet.
Mike Kostka has stepped up in Tampa Bay | 03/16/2014 11:39 AM
NewsMike Kostka scored a goal and registered an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-0 win on Saturday.
ImpactKostka has stepped up since the Lightning claimed him off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. He has two goals and five points in seven contests with Tampa Bay. We're not particularly excited about his recent offensive outburst as we don't expect it to last.
Mike Kostka gets a goal in win over Panthers | 03/14/2014 9:22 AM
NewsMike Kostka potted his first goal since Dec. 10 in Thursday's win against the Florida Panthers.
ImpactHe has three points in six games since being acquired off waivers from Chicago.
Mike Kostka steps into Tampa Bay lineup | 03/03/2014 11:22 AM
NewsMike Kostka played in back-to-back games with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend after being claimed off waivers from Chicago.
ImpactHe was credited with five blocked shots and logged 8:42 of ice time in Saturday's win over Dallas and he produced two assists during 12:11 of action versus Colorado on Sunday. "It felt good to get back into it," said Kostka, who hadn't played since Jan. 26. "I was looking back to the last time I played and didn't realize that it had been about a month and half ago, so it was nice to get back out there and shake the rust off." He played under Lightning coach Jon Cooper while in AHL Norfolk, so the move to Tampa Bay could be very beneficial to him.
Mike Kostka claimed by Bolts on waivers | 02/23/2014 12:52 PM
NewsMike Kostka was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightining Sunday afternoon after bering waived by Chicago on Sunday.
ImpactThe 28 year-old adds some bulk to the Bolts' blueline, and has been quite responsible on a loaded Blackhawks' defense core this season so far with two goals, an assist and plus three rating in nine games.
Blackhawks put Mike Kostka on waivers | 02/22/2014 1:49 PM
NewsMike Kostka has been placed on waivers by Chicago.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactIn nine games with Chicago, he has two goals and one assist. Kostka has been sharing time as the team's sixth defenseman, with Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank, but he hasn't played in nearly as many games as they have.
Mike Kostka suited up as a forward Sunday | 01/27/2014 10:49 AM
NewsMike Kostka skated on the wing during Sunday's loss to Winnipeg.
ImpactBryan Bickell was made a healthy scratch, so Kostka played alongside Kris Versteeg and Michal Handzus instead. He ended up with just 7:26 of ice time in the contest. Kostka has three points in nine games this year.
Kostka to dress as 6th d-man Saturday | 01/11/2014 12:23 PM
NewsMike Kostka will be in the Blackhawk lineup against Montreal Saturday night.
Chris Kuc Twitter
ImpactHe will dress as the team's 6th defenseman at the expense of Michal Rozsival. Even when he is in the Hawk lineup, Kostka has no fantasy value.
Mike Kostka scores in return to Hawks' lineup | 12/11/2013 8:30 AM
NewsMike Kostka scored his second goal of the season and he added an assist on Tuesday.
ImpactHe opened the scoring in Chicago's 6-2 victory over Dallas. Kostka missed 22 games with a right foot injury and got back into the lineup for the first time since Oct. 19 on Tuesday night. He has three points in three contests this campaign.
Mike Kostka recalled, activated from IR | 12/08/2013 3:21 PM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks activated Mike Kostka (foot) from the injured reserve and recalled him fro the IR on Sunday.
Tracey Myers on Twitter
ImpactJFYI as he's not very useful in fantasy.
Kostka heads to AHL for conditioning stint | 12/04/2013 1:10 PM
NewsMike Kostka (foot) has been sent to the minors for a conditioning stint.
ImpactKostka hasn't played since Oct. 19 and has participated in just two games all season. He's not expected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Kostka may play Saturday v Phoenix | 11/30/2013 12:02 PM
NewsThere is a chance that Mike Kostka will return to action Saturday against the Coyotes.
ImpactHe has been out of action for over a month with a foot injury but seems to be fully recovered. It will be ineteresting to see if Chicago coach Joel Quenneville makes space on his roster for Kostka in Phoenix.
Mike Kostka won't make his return on Friday | 11/29/2013 1:35 PM
NewsMike Kostka (foot) will not return on Friday.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
ImpactKostka hasn't played since Oct. 19. He is "real close" though, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
Mike Kostka (foot) may return during trip | 11/27/2013 7:57 AM
NewsMike Kostka (foot) practiced with his teammates on Tuesday.
ImpactCoach Joel Quenneville thinks that Kostka could be available for the final part of Chicago's road trip, which finishes Saturday in Phoenix. Kostka has missed 16 games with a foot injury.
Mike Kostka (foot) nears return to the fold | 11/22/2013 10:53 AM
NewsMike Kostka (foot) is getting closer to being healthy again.
Impact"Kostka has been skating and progressing and we'll get a better idea if there's a chance he could come on this trip and join us," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Maybe it will be close to the end of it." He has missed 14 games with a foot injury
Mike Kostka is out of his protective boot | 11/14/2013 10:58 AM
NewsMike Kostka (lower body) had his protective boot removed, but he's still not ready to resume skating yet.
ImpactKostka hasn't played since Oct. 19 and he was expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.
Chicago moves Mike Kostka to IR list | 10/25/2013 5:47 PM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks have put Mike Kostka (lower body) on the injured reserve list.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter
ImpactThe move is retroactive Oct. 22, but that's moot because he's expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks anyways. He has a goal and two penalty minutes in two games this season.
Blackhawks lose Kostka for up to six weeks | 10/23/2013 3:40 PM
NewsMike Kostka will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks because of a lower-body injury.
ImpactKostka was hurt while skating with his teammates on Tuesday. The Chicago Blackhawks have no plans to call up anyone at this time.
Mike Kostka gets his first NHL goal | 10/20/2013 9:42 AM
NewsMike Kostka netted his first NHL goal in his first game against his former squad, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ImpactKostka had eight assists in 35 games with Toronto last season and was playing in his second game of the 2013-14 campaign. He's serving as a depth defenseman this season and consequently has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Hawks will dress Mike Kostka on Saturday | 10/05/2013 3:43 PM
NewsMike Kostka will make his Chicago debut Saturday night when Tampa Bay visits.
ImpactHe won a roster spot, as the team's eighth defenseman, during a battle with Ryan Stanton at training camp. Michal Rozsival will be a healthy scratch.
Mike Kostka earns depth spot with Hawks | 09/30/2013 12:01 PM
NewsMike Kostka has earned a depth spot on Chicago's roster following training camp.
ImpactHe was competing for the team's eighth defense position with Ryan Stanton, who was placed on waivers Sunday. Even if Kostka manages to work himself onto Chicago's bottom-pairing at some point this year, he shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy value.
Kostka may have inside track as 8th D-man | 09/27/2013 8:46 AM
NewsMike Kostka and Ryan Stanton are competing for Chicago's eighth defenseman spot.
ImpactCoach Joel Quenneville hinted Thursday that he might be leaning toward Kostka, who dressed in 35 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. "Kostka had a lot of NHL games last year," Quenneville said. "So sometimes you might be going a little bit [more] on their history than what we've seen now. That sometimes goes into the equation when you know that all things being equal, you have other things to measure."
Mike Kostka suffers UBI Tuesday | 09/18/2013 8:12 AM
NewsMike Kostka exited Tuesday's exhibition game early in the first period after he was checked into the boards by Detroit prospect Teemu Pulkkinen.
ImpactPulkkinen received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, while Kostka wasn't able to return. Afterward, coach Joel Quenneville called Kostka's upper-body injury "not bad," which is encouraging.
Michael Kostka signs with Chicago | 07/19/2013 11:02 PM
NewsThe Chicago Blackhawks have inked Michael Kostka to a one-year contract.
ImpactKostka had eight assists in 35 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He's expected to serve as an organizational depth defenseman in 2013-14.
Mike Kostka's finger won't need surgery | 05/21/2013 8:24 AM
NewsMike Kostka will not require any surgical procedures to repair his fractured index finger.
ImpactLeafs' vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin made the announcement after further X-rays were done. Kostka sustained the injury in Game 1 against Boston and wasn't able to play for the rest of the series. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's unclear if he'll be back with Toronto.
Kostka out with a broken finger | 05/06/2013 11:56 AM
NewsMike Kostka missed Game 2 with a broken finger and will be out of action until June.
ImpactKostka suffered the injury in Game 1 and persevered through the rest of the game even though he couldn't shoot. "It's heartbreaking," Kostka said. "It's been a really exciting year for me and then, the emotions of being a part of the first (Toronto) team in nine years to be in the playoffs. Then, the second period you play, you get an injury and can't continue." Kostka will continue to skate and hope that the Leafs have a long run so he could get back in the lineup.
Kostka won't play Saturday v Boston | 05/04/2013 10:59 AM
NewsMike Kostka will not be in the Toronto lineup for Saturday night's game against the Bruins.
ImpactHe will miss at least Game 2 of the Eastern quarterfinals due to a broken finger. Ryan O'Byrne will take his place on the Toronto blueline.
Kostka gets ready for game vs old employers | 02/18/2013 3:00 PM
NewsMike Kostka will be playing against his former organization, the Florida Panthers on Monday.
ImpactKostka came close to making the Panthers last season, but fell just short in training camp. He ended up making his NHL debut at 27 this season. "It's not one of those when you come back and you're really trying to hand it to them or anything," said Kostka. "I have a lot of friends and (Panthers coach) Kevin Dineen was a big mentor for me my first two years in (AHL) Portland. Then he gave me some good opportunities in exhibition games last year. It's not like I'm coming back here for revenge. But when you come back and know a lot of guys, I'm excited to come back and try to get the victory."
Mike Kostka impresses coach in NHL debut | 01/21/2013 11:44 AM
NewsMike Kostka logged an impressive 22:59 minutes in his NHL debut on Saturday.
Impact"I thought Mike Kostka was a dominant player," said Leafs coach Randy Carlyle. "Played a lot of minutes. Didn't make too many mistakes. Looked like a guy that was comfortable playing in this type of situation. He had a great year in the American Hockey League. It really is astounding that he hasn't played a game in the league." Kostka is 27 years old and is only now playing in his first NHL season. He's put up big offensive numbers in the AHL and might have some fantasy value if the Leafs continue to give him plenty of playing time.
Mike Kostka helps Marlies with three assists | 01/05/2013 7:29 PM
NewsMike Kostka had three assists in the Toronto Marlies' 5-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs.
ImpactKostka has only been held of the scoresheet in two of his last 14 games. He has six goals and 34 points in 33 AHL games this season.
Mike Kostka may get a look with Maple Leafs | 01/02/2013 1:47 PM
NewsMike Kostka could get a look at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs pending an end to the lockout.
ImpactHe has played very well for Marlies in the AHL this season and has been impressive since Jake Gardiner went down with a neck injury. If the lockout ends and Gardiner is still deemed unfit to play then it might increase Kostka's chances of sticking with the big club. "When he goes to the NHL, yeah, he's going to have to make adjustments," said assistant coach Gord Dineen. "But I think he's smart enough to make those adjustments, just maybe do things a little bit quicker sometimes with the puck." Kostka has racked up 29 points in 31 games this year and currently sits tied for second in scoring among AHL defensemen.
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|10/27/2014||NYR||Min||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/25/2014||NYR||Mtl||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/21/2014||NYR||NJ||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/19/2014||NYR||SJ||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/16/2014||NYR||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/12/2014||NYR||Tor||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|10/11/2014||NYR||CBJ||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||1|
|Assists||1||vs. Det||Nov 5||2|
|Points||1||vs. Det||Nov 5||2|
|Penalty Minutes||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||2|
|Plus/Minus||1||4 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||0|
|Power Play Points||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||7 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Nov 11||0|
|Shots||3||2 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Nov 1||7|
|Penalty Minutes||27||2012-13 (Tor)|
|Shots||49||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Chi/TB)|
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