In what is sure to be a busy summer, and one that could bring about quite a bit of change, for the Vancouver Canucks, they’ve already begun making their roster moves. The first free agent that Mike Gillis decided to handle was that of tough guy forward Tom Sestito.
The Canucks, who have several other free agents on their roster to deal with, signed Sestito to a new two-year deal earlier this week. That deal will see him get a slight raise, up to $750,000 for each of those two seasons. While that might even be too much for the minimal amount of contributions that he actually brings to the ice, the Canucks are hoping for more out of him.
Vancouver claimed Sestito off of waivers during the regular season this year, and he appeared in almost as many games with the Canucks as he had in his entire career before that point. Prior to appearing in 23 games this season, his career high for games was 14 with the Philadelphia Flyers.
In those 23 games, Sestito had just one point and a minus-3 rating. He provided his typical style of play, finishing the year with 53 penalty minutes, which is actually lower than you’d expect with that large of a sample size. In that year that he played 14 games, he had 83 PIM.
This deal probably isn’t going to mean much for the Canucks. Sestito isn’t the type of player that’s going to make an impact outside of dropping the gloves at probably the most inopportune times. But the Canucks are hoping for more out of him. They want him to be a guy who can play the physical game, but flash a little bit of skill as well.
They’re hoping that that type of player will help them to be more successful when the playoffs roll around. Which is interesting, since they already have multiple players who fit that description on the roster. We’ll have to see if Sestito can turn into more of a hockey player and less of a meathead, but that’s something that will have to be seen to believe.