Just a day after signing with the Pittsbugh Penguins, Tom Kostopoulos has been claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils.
Kostopoulos was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Before that he played junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He made his professional minor-league hockey debut with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Kostopoulos made his NHL debut with the Penguins in the 2001-02 season and enjoyed his best season so far with Pittsburgh in 2003-04. During the 2005 off season, he played with the Manchester Monarchs, having signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Kings and after a few seasons there he signed with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007 off-season. Kosto was suspened twice during his career with the Habs, first hitting defenseman Mike van Ryn from behind and later breaking Brad Stuart’s jaw.
After Montreal, he went on to spend time with both the Calgary Flams and Carolina Hurricanes, mainly in a grinder role. He has appeared in 615 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Montreal, Carolina and Calgary, totaling 60 goals, 96 assists and 705 penalty minutes. Joining the Penguins for the second time, Kostopoulos is Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s all-time leader in games played (318), goals (97), assists (149) and points (246).
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