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Panthers Sign Foster, Kostka To American Hockey League Deals

Tuesday, 08.24.2010 / 3:38 PM ET / Transactions
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Panthers Sign Foster, Kostka To American Hockey League Deals
(Rochester, NY)... Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed goaltender Brian Foster and defenseman Mike Kostka to American Hockey League contracts.

           

“We’re excited to bring in two solid players like Foster and Kostka,” said Tallon. “Foster has been in our system for some time and I’m looking forward to seeing him progress after a solid college career at New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Kostka is coming off a good year and I look for him to be an asset to our defense this season.”

           

Foster, 23, who signed a two-year deal, enters his first professional season in 2010-11 after completing his senior campaign at the University of New Hampshire. Last season with the Wildcats, the Pembroke, New Hampshire, native posted a 17-4-7 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 38 games. In his four seasons (2006-10) between the pipes for the Wildcats, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound netminder has compiled a 40-29-13 record with a 2.82 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage, 2,387 saves and five shutouts in 86 career appearances. Foster was the Florida Panthers’ fifth-round selection (161st overall) in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Kostka, 25, whose contract will take him through the coming season, spent the last two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates, where he finished second among team defensemen in scoring both years. Last season in Portland, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound blueliner recorded 27 points (2+25) along with a career-high 37 penalty minutes, in addition to appearing in four postseason contests. The Etobicoke, Ontario, native posted his best season in 2008-09, capturing career-highs all in offensive categories in goals (4), assists (26) and points (30), while skating in all 80 games. In his pro career, Kostka has registered 57 points (6+51) and 72 penalty minutes in 157 total games, including one with Rochester during the 2007-08 campaign.

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