The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed left wing David Koci off waivers from the St. Louis Blues, Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Koci signed with the Lightning as a free agent this past summer, but was claimed off waivers by the Blues on October 21.
A 6-foot-6, 238-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, Koci appeared in one game with the Lightning this season before heading to St. Louis where he skated in four games for the Blues, recording nine penalty minutes. He split last season between the Norfolk Admirals, Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs. While in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Koci notched 68 penalty minutes in 18 games – an average of nearly four penalty minutes per game. The NHL heavyweight has amassed 156 penalty minutes in 27 NHL games during the previous two seasons.
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Koci's last run with the Lightning wasn't exactly all that successful, but maybe they blamed that on Barry Melrose?
Here's his incredible statline this season:
|2008 - David Koci||5||0||0||0||-2||13||0||0||0||0||5||0.0|
I hope the Lightning didn't plan on staying close to the top of the waiver priority list by not winning a lot early on just so they could reclaim Koci. Not a wise course of action in my mind.