Kostka inked a deal with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League on Sept. 1, TSN reports. After 10 professional seasons and 85 NHL games, the former UMass-Amherst Minuteman has decided to try to rejuvenate his career in Sweden. Kostka has proven to be a productive player at the AHL level, recording 267 points in 517 games, and he'll be hoping that his game translates better to Europe's larger ice surfaces.
The Senators have traded Kostka along with forward Curtis Lazar to the Flames for blueliner Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round draft pick, TSN.ca reports. Kostka, who did not see any action with Ottawa this season, does have 85 NHL games under his belt, so he could find his way into the Flames' lineup at some point. In 46 games with AHL Binghamton, the 31-year-old blueliner has logged one goal and 12 points.
Kostka was assigned to AHL Binghamton on Wednesday and will have to clear waivers Thursday to make it official, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Kostka made 15 appearances last season with Ottawa, mostly due to the fact that they were suffering in the injury department. The blueliner dropped just one helper during his campaign, and now heading towards 31 years of age, he's not expected to make much noise moving forward.
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.
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