Michael Kostka D NYR 2 Months

The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Mike Kostka to a one-year contract.

No terms have been announced. Kostka is a depth defenseman who will see limited action with the Rangers unless there are significant injuries.

Michael Kostka D NYR 4 Months

Mike Kostka (concussion) will be back in the lineup on Thursday.

He 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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 5 Months

Mike Kostka (concussion) skated on Tuesday in a no-contact jersey.

"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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 5 Months

Mike Kostka did in fact suffer a concussion on Tuesday night.

He was on the receiving end of a hit to his head from Montreal's Doug Murray. There's no timetable set for his return.

Michael Kostka D NYR 5 Months

Mike Kostka was nailed by an illegal check to the head in Tuesday's game against Montreal.

Canadiens 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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 5 Months

Mike Kostka scored a goal and registered an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-0 win on Saturday.

Kostka 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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 5 Months

Mike Kostka potted his first goal since Dec. 10 in Thursday's win against the Florida Panthers.

He has three points in six games since being acquired off waivers from Chicago.

Michael Kostka D NYR 6 Months

Mike Kostka played in back-to-back games with the Tampa Bay Lightning over the weekend after being claimed off waivers from Chicago.

He 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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 6 Months

Mike Kostka was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightining Sunday afternoon after bering waived by Chicago on Sunday.

The 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.

Michael Kostka D NYR 6 Months

Mike Kostka has been placed on waivers by Chicago.

In 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.