January 24, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers left wing Tom Sestito (32) lands a punch during a fight with New York Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel (41) during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Add Toughness in Tom Sestito from Flyers

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The Vancouver Canucks have claimed left winger Tom Sestito off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers just a day after losing rugged winger Aaron Volpatti on waivers to the Washington Capitals.

Here’s what we know about Sestito: he’s listed at 6’5″ and 228 pounds and has been in 15 career fights in the NHL tangling with the likes of Stu Bickel, Milan Lucic, Brandon Prust, Zack Kassian, Krys Barch, and Brad Staubitz.

Is he a heavyweight enforcer in the league? He might be one, but Sestito has the potential to bring much more to the table. In 2006-07, he had 42 goals in 60 games with the Plymouth Whalers in his final season of hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.

The Canucks probably know all about his scoring touch since two of his career goals have come against them—one each on Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider.

To make room for Sestito, the Canucks re-assigned centre Andrew Ebbett back to the Chicago Wolves of American Hockey League. Ebbett was called up yesterday to replace Ryan Kesler on the roster, but they needed the roster spot for Sestito.

Sestito will make his debut Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings on the fourth line as the Canucks currently have no extra forwards with Steve Pinizzotto down in the minors on a two-week conditioning stint.

According to the Canucks roster page, Sestito, who hails from Rome, New York, will wear former Canuck defenceman Aaron Rome‘s old number 29.

The Chicago Blackhawks were reportedly interested in Sestito as well and placed a waiver claim in for the forward. The Blackhawks, by virtue of being first overall in the league, were last in the waiver priority list, so the Canucks had first dibs.

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