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Defenseman Mike Kostka claimed off waivers



The Lightning added some depth to its NHL roster by claiming defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Blackhawks. Kosta played for coach Jon Cooper at AHL Norfolk during the Admirals 2011-12 Calder Cup run.

"I really like his brain," Cooper said. "He can think the game well, has poise under pressure and he can shoot it," Cooper said. "He has the ability to play on the power play. To have guys that versatile, and a right-handed shot, that's something we felt woulod help give us a little depth back there."

Kostka might not be an immediate addition to Tampa Bay's lineup, Cooper said, but he added, "You can never have enough depth back there. We think he's somebody who can help our team. And he's a great teammate."

Kostka, 28, has two goals, three points in nine games this season with Chicago. In 2011-12 with Norfolk, Kostka had seven goals, 32 points in 52 games. He had six goals, 12 points in 18 playoff games and was plus-14.

"Mike's an NHL defenseman," Cooper said. "We think he'll be a good fit."

[Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 4:05pm]


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