Sestito suspended four games

The National  Hockey  League once again made its punitive presence known to the Philadelphia Flyers, as forward Tom Sestito has been told to sit out for the remainder of the preseason (two games) and two additional regular-season games.

It was not an unexpected move, as the fiery bottom-six winger, who was fighting for a roster spot (somewhat literally) even posted a message on his Twitter account earlier in the day saying he was fortunate to not have the book thrown at him as a repeat offender.

Sestito, who has apparently been waived by the Flyers  on Wednesday, was banned due to an illegal  check  from behind  on Rangers forward  Andre Deveaux during Monday’s 5-3 preseason victory. He was given a major for boarding, a major for fighting New York’s Stu Bickel after the hit, and a game misconduct.

Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti on the call for MSG.

Sestito  will forfeit $5,945.94 in salary which goes to the Players’ Emergency
Assistance Fund.

Since the native of upstate New York is scheduled to land with Philly’s American
Hockey  League affiliate — the Adirondack Phantoms — the AHL will review the
suspension before allowing him to play.

It’s the same deal that happened when Steve Downie was suspended 20 games for his 2007 preseason demolition of Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond — Downie was sent to the AHL and upon review, was suspended one month from the start of its own season for the illegal check.

If he somehow remains with the Flyers, Sestito will not be eligible to return until October 12 when Vancouver comes to Philadelphia.

He  is the  second Flyer to draw  the attention of new discipline czar Brendan
Shanahan.  Jody Shelley  drew  a  10-game suspension  for  an  illegal hit  on
against Toronto’s Darryl Boyce on September 22.