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#1 Canorcas

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:34 PM

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Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider must be breathing a small sigh of relief.

Goaltenders remember a thing or two about players that score important career goals against them, and Sestito has a unique relationship with both Canucks netminders.

It was against Luongo that Sestito scored his first career NHL goal as a member of the Blue Jackets back in the 2011 season. Then it was against Schneider a few weeks later that Sestito scored his second.

But make no mistake, scoring goals is not Sestito's job.

In 34 career NHL games, Sestito only has 4 goals and 7 points but has amassed 159 penalty minutes in that short time frame.

Despite losing Aaron Volpatti through waivers earlier this week, the Canucks picked up their own tough guy in the same manner by claiming Sestito from the Philadelphia Flyers.

The two share a similar brand of hockey; they're not very good goal scorers but they can both skate, they can both hit and if it means anything to you, Sestito is considerably bigger.

Volpatti may have packed on about 10 pounds over the off-season this year but Sestito is a natural hulk. At 6'5 and 230 pounds, "Tommy Gun" plays an intimidating and physical brand of hockey that should fit in right away on the Canucks depth line.

In truth, there isn't much that Sestito can bring to the table that Volpatti couldn't. Neither has played on the penalty kill and you'd be mistaken if you thought you saw either on the powerplay. But Sestito has worked his way into the NHL the hard way when you're designated as an enforcer.

Throughout the better part of 6 seasons in the AHL, Sestito has racked up an eyebrow raising 867 penalty minutes, most of them fighting majors.

Volpatti was never drafted and was signed by the Canucks out of Brown University.

Meanwhile, Sestito was picked in the third round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Blue Jackets.

After bouncing around Columbus, Syracuse and Springfield, the rugged big winger may have found a comfortable home in Vancouver, where a desperate need of hitting and fighting was incessantly critiqued by fans and media alike.

For a big man, #29 (his expected jersey number) can skate quite well. In a straight line, he's deceptively quick and that should serve him well with Vancouver's aggressive forechecking style on the depth lines. It matches well with Dale Weise, winner of this year's speed relay contest during Vancouver's super skills contest.

At the very least, he can answer the bell if other teams are taking liberties with the Twins or other top players.

He has 15 fights in his NHL career including 2 this season. He doesn't win all of them but it makes a point that he's a willing combatant when it comes to dropping the mitts.

Canucks fan should anticipate a high-energy player who won't play much but can win the hearts of many if he lives up to his billing.

Sestito is a guy who knows his role in the NHL and what he has to do to stay in it. Make no mistake, when a player is given a second chance after he's been waived, they should understand the message and try harder to succeed.

This writer anticipates an immediate impact from Sestito. After Calgary acquired Brian McGrattan earlier this week, the Canucks needed to respond with their own heavyweight-- it should make the upcoming match between the two divisional rivals an interesting one later next week.

For a team already loaded with enough offensive guns, the Tommy Gun provides a different kind of shooting altogether-- and he's coming, locked and loaded.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:41 PM

Excited to see this guy play with Pinner and Lappy.

Also, good job on the not-centre justification this time!
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

Excited to see this guy play with Pinner and Lappy.

Also, good job on the not-centre justification this time!


:lol: Thanks, decided I should just use left-align every time.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

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He is devastating on the forecheck. When he was in Columbus, defensemen seemed absolutely afraid when he was forechecking them. I distinctly remember one game vs. the Rangers where McDonough, Girardi and Staal wanted nothing to do with him.

I remember telling my wife, when Sestito is out there, he is intimidating the Rangers blue-liners like I've rarely seen anyone do.


lol imagine a line of

Sestito-Lapierre-Kassian

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 05:52 PM

Read this on HF boards


He is devastating on the forecheck. When he was in Columbus, defensemen seemed absolutely afraid when he was forechecking them. I distinctly remember one game vs. the Rangers where McDonough, Girardi and Staal wanted nothing to do with him.

I remember telling my wife, when Sestito is out there, he is intimidating the Rangers blue-liners like I've rarely seen anyone do.


Now that would be impressive because I just wrote this exclusively on Canucks.com.

But yeah, Sestito on the ice basically determines every other player has to keep their head up.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:09 PM

Whew. For a sec i thought they were bringing back Tommy Larscheid.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

Now that would be impressive because I just wrote this exclusively on Canucks.com.

But yeah, Sestito on the ice basically determines every other player has to keep their head up.


I meant the comment I posted below is what I read on HF boards not what you wrote haha.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:33 PM

He seems to play with a heated head at times, i remember when he jumped Tambellini a few years ago when we played columbus.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:34 PM

Him and Kass have a unique relationship as well...hope they play nice. ;)
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:35 PM

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He's a 6'5" 228lbs 4th line beast who can keep up with the play and is reliable enough defensively to eat up minutes. All this and he's only 25 years old. There's some decent upside in this guy. I'm pretty satisfied with this pickup.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:46 PM

After looking at a couple of his fights on YouTube, it appears he isn't a very good fighter. I hope he'll at least lay some crushing hits, but I also hope he dosn't take any dumb hitting from behind penalties.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

dammit I wanted to nickname him Zesty
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

dammit I wanted to nickname him Zesty


Zesty Dorito!!
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

Oh great we got another punching bag ,another guy who loses fights .A cover up move for losing patty .
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:12 PM

Seems like a good acquisition, but I hope he can be more effective than Bitz.
It's a shame to see Volpatti go though.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:27 PM

Tom Sestito fought new Canuck teammate Zack Kassian a little over a year ago on Feb 16, 2012.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:31 PM

Sestito has a better career shooting percentage than Daniel Sedin!
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:34 PM

as much as i love his bulky size, i really wanna see pinnizotto

pinner can play center

4th line?

sestito-pinnizotto-kassian

weise is good skater and a solid hockey player but he isnt mean or aggresive and i think we need that on the 4th line
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

after looking at some of his youtube clips i can say with some confidence that he wont do anything to clean up our image or keep us out of the box.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

Tom Sestito had a 2 goal game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb 5 2013

1st goal - scored 4:25 into 2nd period


2nd goal - scored 11:11 into 3rd period

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:02 PM

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Volpatti should have never been waived. Horrible move by Canuck brass. With the steady rotation of players on the 4th line, Volpatti performed his role exactly like we expected. He deserved better and it reflects poorly on the Canucks.

Saying all that, good luck to Tom Sestito.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:04 PM

Tom Sestito had a 2 goal game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb 5 2013


Yeah but watching the goals made me more excited for the prospect of trading a goalie to Tampa. wtf Lindback?
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:25 PM

Volpatti should have never been waived. Horrible move by Canuck brass. With the steady rotation of players on the 4th line, Volpatti performed his role exactly like we expected. He deserved better and it reflects poorly on the Canucks.

Saying all that, good luck to Tom Sestito.


Gillis admitted they waived Volpatti just "hours before" they realized Kesler had a broken foot.

If they knew ahead of time, they would never have done that. They wanted Volps to get more minutes down in Chicago, but even so, they had to expect him to get claimed.

Disappointing.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

Sestito > Volpatti. We desperately need his size after losing Bitz and Volpatti is a very replaceable player.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:45 PM

Volpatti should have never been waived. Horrible move by Canuck brass. With the steady rotation of players on the 4th line, Volpatti performed his role exactly like we expected. He deserved better and it reflects poorly on the Canucks.

Saying all that, good luck to Tom Sestito.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:53 PM

Volpatti should have never been waived. Horrible move by Canuck brass. With the steady rotation of players on the 4th line, Volpatti performed his role exactly like we expected. He deserved better and it reflects poorly on the Canucks.

Saying all that, good luck to Tom Sestito.


Weise and Volpatti have the same value more or less. Volpatti's the better fighter, but Weise is faster and has higher skill. What separated them at the end of the day was Weise's ability to kill penalties.

Personally I would have gone with Volpatti over Weise, and just worked with Volpatti on penalty killing. But what's done is done.

I'm glad we added Sestito though, because he brings what neither player has, which is size. Size is important for a fourth line, especially when you're dealing with bigger teams. The way our fourth line was, they wouldn't even be able to handle some teams top lines, let alone their fourth lines. Now we finally have a fourth line with some size (all 6'2" or bigger). This will be important in the playoffs. We've seen that having smaller feisty fourth liners just doesn't cut it.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:17 PM

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Apparently he's had a bit of an issue with work ethic in the past but is starting to pull it together. I like the idea of having someone of that size out there on our side for once...
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:23 PM

"Tito!" B)
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:31 PM

I had a feeling after the Caps claimed Volpatti that Sestito would be coming here. Fairly similar players in terms of their role.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:55 PM

sad we are now comparing grinders and fighters to superstars..... lets tone it down a notch and not put this guy on a pedastel like canuck management did to luongo and like what the islanders did to rick dipeatro... give him a chance to grow....
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