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Canes Agree to Terms with Kostopoulos

Gritty winger agrees to three-year contract with Carolina

Tuesday, 07.14.2009 / 4:58 PM ET / News
By Terrell Williams
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Canes Agree to Terms with Kostopoulos

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with right wing Tom Kostopoulos (kuh-STAWP-oh-lihs) on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Kostopoulos $700,000 in 2009-10, $950,000 in 2010-11 and $1.1 million in 2011-12.

“Tom is a character player who adds grit to our lineup,” said Rutherford. “He is a strong penalty killer and plays a high-energy game that will fit our team’s style of play.”

Kostopoulos, 30, completed his seventh NHL season in 2008-09, totaling eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 78 games with the Montreal Canadiens. The Mississauga, Ont., native ranked second among Canadiens skaters in penalty minutes (106) and hits (167) during the regular season. Kostopoulos (6’0”, 200 lbs.) also played in all four of Montreal’s postseason contests, earning one assist during the team’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Boston.

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the seventh round, 204th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Kostopoulos has totaled 40 goals and 65 assists (105 points) and 468 penalty minutes in 376 career NHL regular-season games. He has notched five points (3g, 2a) in 16 career Stanley Cup playoff games.  His career statistics can be found here.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60