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Canucks claim Sestito off waivers

Mar 1, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Tom Sestito

After losing forward Aaron Volpatti to waivers yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks turned around and claimed forward Tom Sestito off waivers from the Flyers today.

The two players are similar in that they both like to hit and don’t mind dropping the gloves.

Sestito, 25, has played 34 career NHL games with Columbus and Philadelphia and has four goals, three assists and 159 PIM.

“I’ll bring physical presence, fight if I have to and chip in some goals in Vancouver,” he told CKWX.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Damn Canucks /: good luck in Vancouver Sestitio

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Blame the Caps.

      I don’t know much about Sestito but he is bigger and younger than Aaron Volpatti which is nice.. if he can get around the ice well enough to use his size (and to not be a complete liability in his own zone) then he should be able to get into the lineup most nights.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    He’ll definitely provide that physical presence that Vancouver seems to lack. I always liked Sestito. He’s a solid skater (especially for his size), has underrated offensive ability, and will obviously drop the gloves. But he wasn’t really needed in Philly with Rinaldo, Simmonds, Schenn, and McGinn. Plus Luke Schenn and Grossman on the blue line. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to play regularly with the Canucks.

    • loinstache - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Thanks for the info, how is he for puck possession/defence? Canucks like to use their 4th line in the defensive end to power it out for an offensive draw

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Honestly, he didn’t get very many minutes in Philadelphia so I’m not entirely sure how he’d holdup in the defensive zone. There weren’t any plays (that I can remember) where he was a clear liability in the defensive zone. But he’s relatively effective in the corners and not afraid to hit anyone so I’d imagine he wouldn’t be too much of a risk. And he puts out a lot of effort all over the ice. Plus he moves extremely well for someone 6’5”. As for puck possession, he’s more competent than most goons. He’s shown the ability to make some pretty impressive moves with the puck. Like this season against Tampa, he played about 5-7 minutes and scored both Flyers goals (2-1 win) on the same forehand-backhand maneuver. I’d say being a regular he’d top out at about 7-10 goals with plenty of hits and a lot of fights.

      • ml3939 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Yeah, he does have some sneaky offensive upside for a “goon.” He lit it up in that hockey hotbed of England during the lockout while obtaining the mumps.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM


    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Really ,,,,,,,,great info !!!!!!!!!!!

    • bcousy - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:24 PM


    • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Why do all the Bruins fans not realize irony when they post it? What with nosefacekillah repeatedly bashing Cooke, and now this?

  4. colby7 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Can he win a draw?

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      66% career winning percentage..

      • colby7 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Ill take it! So hes like a Zenon Konopka? Can win draws, big, fights? Perfect.

      • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Really small sample size there, I wouldn’t expect him to center any line any time soon.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Another reason for the Bruins to hate Vancouver

    • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      They didn’t need a reason (not one based on facts anyway) before, so why start now?

  6. mcmurphy22 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    He’s got a physical style but if often boarders on dirty. Nothing wrong with being chippy and toeing that line, but that hit on Horton last year was bad, if you watch his whole shift he was head hunting the entire time.

  7. loinstache - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    oh look we lost a little punchy man and then came home with a free big punchy man

  8. thehighcountrybear - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Brought in for one purpose only…to deal with LA and there bully-boy tactics come playoff time. A good move to be sure! A further side benefit, the Canucks have become hands-down leaders in both the Sopranos look-a-like derby and the second team stand-in roster for Godfather IV…don’t forget the canoli?

    • uscthom78 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Need to somehow lure that wuss dusty brown into a fight but will never happen. Delegates his fight responsibilities to Cosmo Kramer.

  9. steverolley - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    “I’ll bring physical presence, fight if I have to and chip in some goals in Vancouver,”

    I hope that was his whole interview. Canucks need centers, hopefully he does what he says.

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