The Pittsburgh Penguins handed out another professional tryout contract to another familiar face, giving Tom Sestito a shot as of Wednesday.
Pittsburgh gave the same thing to defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who obviously has a more storied history with the franchise than Sestito.
In each case, it won’t be easy for either player to make the team, especially if each veteran isn’t open-minded to playing in the AHL. That would likely be less of an issue with Sestito, 27, as he played 10 games with the Utica Comets in the AHL and three with the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-15.
Last season marked his third campaign with Vancouver. Sestito has also seen reps with the Columbus Blue Jackets (who drafted him 85th overall in 2006) and Philadelphia Flyers.
In 137 career NHL games, he has 18 points and 432 penalty minutes, so that should give you a good idea about his role.
Pens will bring in Tom Sestito on a tryout contract. Given desire to have four lines that can score, he doesn't seem to fit. Hence, tryout.
Chaput, 23, played a career-high 33 games in the NHL in 2014-15, generating five points. The flood of Blue Jackets injuries allowed him to generate an unexpected amount of experience at the NHL level.
On paper, he’d have a tough road to travel to play a comparable amount of games in 2015-16. That said, it could happen if the Blue Jackets’ bad injury luck last season was actually the beginning of a pattern.
Chaput was the 89th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him then, but eventually traded him to Columbus for Tom Sestito.
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“I wake up in the morning and wonder what I’m going to do besides work out” – Tom Sestito discusses the diminishing enforcer role in hockey. (The Globe and Mail)
Top prospect Dylan Strome had a six-point game Sunday to win the Ontario Hockey League’s scoring title. (Yahoo)
The Western Hockey League’s Kelowna Rockets develop D-Men down to a science. (NHL.com)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers forward Kael Mouillierat used a lacrosse-style move to open the scoring against the Binghamton Senators on Sunday:
Sixteen seasons. 22 teams. Zero NHL games. But the passion never left Frank Littlejohn. (The Hockey News)
St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo discusses the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon:
Canucks forward Zack Kassian will miss a “few weeks” with a “finger thing,” coach Willie Desjardins announced today.
Kassian, who has just two goals in 17 games, suffered the “thing” Tuesday versus New Jersey (he was slashed) and did not fly with his teammates to Columbus, where Vancouver will kick off a seven-game trip Friday.
Linden Vey, a healthy scratch against the Devils, is expected to replace Kassian, taking both his spot on the third line with Brad Richardson and Shawn Matthias as well as on the first power-play unit.
No word yet on a possible call-up. Currently, the only extra forward is the injured Tom Sestito, so don’t be surprised if Nicklas Jensen is soon summoned from AHL Utica.