Kostka signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Friday. The contract is worth $800,000 in the NHL and $325,000 in the minors. Kostka ended last season with the Senators (15 games), but the overwhelming majority of his season was spent with AHL Binghamton (49 games). Even with the availability of Mark Borowiecki (knee) still unclear to begin the season, Kostka will be on the fringe yet again during his fifth year in the league.
Kostka (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Saturday afternoon versus the Flyers, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. The timing is ideal, as the Senators reportedly will be without blueliner Marc Methot (illness) on Saturday. Just like the man he replaces, Kostka brings size to the lineup. However, he lacks NHL experience and thus has an extremely narrow window for success in the fantasy realm.
Kostka is dealing with an undisclosed injury that will prevent him from suiting up Thursday night against the Wild, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Not much is known on Kostka's injury, with Garrioch simply stating that the defenseman is "banged up." As a result, TSN's Steve Lloyd reports the Sens have called up Ben Harpur from the minors.
Kostka impacted the scoresheet for the first time this season, registering an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals. Kostka has appeared in just eight games this season after being called up from AHL Binghamton on March 5, averaging 13:08 of ice time in that span. The 30-year-old could see a jump in activity with Dion Phaneuf (lower body) ailing, but with just 21 points in his career, it's unlikely the defenseman will seize this opportunity and produce.
Kostka was called up from AHL Binghamton early Saturday morning. Kostka was brought up to the parent club with fellow defenseman Mark Borowiecki (knee) out with a knee injury. Currently, there are seven healthy blueliners on the active roster for the Sens, meaning Kostka isn't a lock to play Saturday night against the Maple Leafs.
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