Well there goes the belief that Volpatti was sent down to free up a roster space.
If we can pick someone else up, it means we sent him down because we thought we could do better.
Sestito isn't really much different... bigger version, not a an accomplished fighter though... at least as a heavyweight.
Considering the Canucks announced they moved Pinizzotto back to the roster and sent him down on a conditioning stint after Volpatti was claimed, I think that actually confirms it rather than debunks it.
Last night at 7pm:
#Canucks assistant GM Lorne Henning confirms Steve Pinizzotto joins NHL club, sent to Chicago on 2-week conditioning assignment.
Then this morning we claim Sestito since Pinizzotto is already removed from the roster on the conditioning stint.
Kind of a lateral move from Volpatti, although he is bigger.
I don't support the idea of actually sending Schroeder on a flight back to Chicago (since if we assign him to the Wolves, he has to physically report) only to have him fly back the next day. That's not an ideal situation even if there was a chance of losing Volpatti to waivers. I could see delaying bringing Ebbett up to replace Kesler but depending on the timing of the IR paperwork for both Kesler and Pinizzotto to go through, perhaps the Canucks didn't feel there was enough time in case of any delays.
Anyhow, the roster stuff is taken care of for now, and then when Pinizzotto has finished his conditioning stint, they'll hopefully have a good enough idea if we could try him on the 4th line in place of Ebbett. Perhaps by then a trade might have happened to alleviate the issue as well.