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Rangers place d-man Kostka on waivers

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Mike Kostka #4 of the New York Rangers fights for the puck with Marcel Goc #57 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Michael Kostka on waivers.

The move is not a huge surprise, with the expected return of Dan Boyle to the lineup tonight. Ryan McDonagh remains on injured reserve, but shouldn’t be out too much longer.

Kostka, 28, has appeared in seven games this season, registering one assist while logging 15:23 of ice time per contest. His cap hit is $650,000.

If Kostka clears waivers, it’s likely he’ll end up getting assigned to AHL Hartford.

That the Rangers are willing to risk losing Kostka could be seen as an encouraging sign for veteran d-man Tomas Kaberle, who’s hoping to catch on with the NHL club.