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Philly waives Leighton, Sestito

Feb 28, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT


The Philadelphia Flyers have placed goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tom Sestito on waivers, according to Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Leighton, 31, had only appeared in one game for the Flyers this season — a 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Jan. 27 in which he stopped 21 of 26 shots.

His demotion is an indication that Philly will go with Brian Boucher as Ilya Bryzgalov‘s primary backup.

Sestito, 25, has played in seven games this season, which included a huge effort in a Feb. 5 win over the Lightning. The rugged forward scored both goals in a 2-1 victory — the first two-goal game of his career.

CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio says the hope for Philly is for both to clear and join the Phantoms.

But that might not be so easy.

According to various sources, the Edmonton Oilers have an expressed an interest in Sestito. The Oilers are seeking toughness up front and were believed to be interested in Vancouver winger Aaron Volpatti before he was claimed off waivers by Washington.

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  1. mclovinhockey - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    No one will pick leighton up. But Tom I can see.

  2. President Charles Logan - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    having mcginn and rinaldo around must have made him expendable

  3. hy3rid28 - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I actually like sestitov, don’t understand why the flyers didn’t really give him a chance

    • macjacmccoy - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Well he did get a chance and did ok but he was just out played by the current players on the roster.

    • Eberwizzle - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Because he can’t play and as a “tough guy” isn’t very good at that role either

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