10th year defenseman Michael Kostka(55) signed a try-out with SHL club Skelleftea AIK, his first foray into hockey overseas and was recently upped to a one-year deal for 2017/2018.

Up until last season, when he agreed to a 2nd year in Ottawa Senators‘ system, he had been on a series of short term contracts with big league clubs trying to find space to play but was mostly reassigned to a farm club.

The blue liner has played 517 AHL games scoring 50 goals and 217 assists with a +21 rating and a 2012 Calder Cup Championship with Norfolk Admirals.

He’s also appeared in 85 NHL games recording 4 goals and 17 assists for 5 different teams but the stat that jumps off the page is his +10 rating, which has been on the positive side ever since his initial recall in 2012/2013 with Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 31-year old could find himself dotting the scoresheet on a regular basis in Sweden’s top league and could very likely play out his time in the country.

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Michael Kostka(21) Norfolk Admirals


Unlikely hero award: undrafted, 4th year Norfolk Admirals‘ defenseman Michael Kostka(21) scored both the game 3 and game 4 Calder Cup Championship series’ winning goals, which certainly makes it an odd AHL playoff stat I’m sure.

He managed just 7 goals in 52 games during the regular season, yet in 18 postseason contests he had 6 goals and 6 assists, good enough for first in scoring among defenseman in the playoffs.

When Tampa Bay Lightning traded for him back in December, they definitely saw some point-scoring potential from the 26-year d-man.

He put up 16 goals and 39 assists in 80 games with Rochester Americans in 2010/2011, which led the team but were picking him up mostly for some added depth in their own zone.

Signed to a one-year, two-way deal by Florida Panthers, he was a bit surprisingly one of the last roster cuts before being reassigned to their AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage.

Originally on a 2-year entry level deal out of college with Buffalo Sabres, the 6’1″ 210 lbs. blue liner will in all likelihood be rewarded with at least a two-year extension to stay in the system and a taste of some NHL playing time can’t be far behind.