Today's edition of the Durham Region News ran an article on Sabres' free agent signing, Mike Kostka. The 6'2, 210-pound defender recently completed his senior season with U-Mass of Hockey East.
He'll attend the Sabres' rookie camp in June, which will include draft picks and free agents, and also the club's main camp in September. He expects to join the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate, which is expected to be moved from Rochester to Portland, Maine in time for next season. Kostka says his association with the Sabres began a year ago while playing in the NCAA regionals with UMass that were held in Rochester. After the regionals, he spoke with Sabres' officials who proffered an invitation to Buffalo's rookie camp that summer. "I went there and it was a really good experience. There were draft picks and AHL players there and I got to meet the people in the organization. They told me, 'go play another year and we'll keep watching you and we'll get in touch at the end of next year', and they came through with the two-year contract, a two-way contract between Buffalo and their AHL team."