Jan 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Mike Kostka (6) against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
With six Blackhawks players still competing for the gold medal most Blackhawks fans are still focused on Sochi. Meanwhile back in the NHL, The Blackhawks made a minor move. The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Mike Kostka has been placed on waivers. Kostka made the team as the sixth defenseman over Ryan Stanton this season. Stanton was eventually picked up by the Vancouver Canucks.
The Blackhawks did have a plan with Kostka this season. Kostka was supposed to split time with Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank in the sixth defenseman rotation, however, that was not the case. Rozsival has appeared in 33 games and Brookbank has appeared in 32. Kostka has only appeared nine games with the Blackhawks. Kostka had notched two goals and one assist for a plus three rating.
With Kostka being placed on waivers the Blackhawks are admitting they made a mistake. There mistake was keeping Kostka on their NHL roster. Kostka was a fringe NHL player with the Maple Leafs last season. If the Blackhawks coaching staff was not so gung ho on keeping eight defensemen, Kostka does not make the team. Instead of keeping Kostka they could have kept Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, or maybe even another defenseman in Ryan Stanton. Stanton has recorded one goal and 14 assists in 45 games with Vancouver this season. My math isn’t great but Stanton appears to be better than Kostka on paper.
Did the Blackhawks ponder this question: If Kostka was such a good young defenseman, wouldn’t the Maple Leafs have kept him? The Blackhawks finally have seen what the Maple Leafs saw last season; Kostka can’t play at the NHL level.
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