More bad news on the injury front Friday afternoon, as the Philadelphia Flyers announced that enforcer Tom Sestito will have surgery to repair a torn groin muscle next week.
The 24-year-old winger will miss 6-to-8 weeks, per GM Paul Holmgren.
Sestito left Thursday’s game against Buffalo in the second period with what the team termed a lower-body injury.
Though everyone assumed at first that it had something to do with his upper-body (i.e. hand) at first, take a look at the fight itself:
Sestito is going pretty good, until he just folds up like a card table and falls to the ice at the 17-second mark.
It doesn’t appear to anything Kassian did from a technical standpoint — and I might point out how fired up the Buffalo broadcasters are over a simple misfired punch to the side/back of Sestito’s head which couldn’t have brought him down — but if you count the torque in spinning Sestito around, it certainly appears to have helped cause an injury which proved to be much more serious than meets the eye.
And, well, I don’t know if it was shown on the Comcast feed, but at the 57-second mark of the video you clearly see Sestito hunched over and being carried off to the locker room.
The 6-foot-5 Sestito had appeared in 14 games for the Flyers this season, posting one assist and 83 penalty minutes. Within the timetable set for recovery, he won’t be ready to return until the very end of the regular season at the earliest.