The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Tom Sestito to a one-year deal. The contract is a two-way deal that runs through the completion of the current 2015-16 season with an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Sestito had been playing with Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Wilkes-Barre Scranton (WBS) Penguins already this season on a professional tryout contract.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have the intention of placing Sestito on waivers later today (Monday), and if he clears, (noon Tuesday), he will then be assigned back to the AHL and WBS.
Sestito, 28, has six points (two goals and four assists) and 35 penalty minutes in his 19 appearances for WBS this season.
The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Sestito attended Pittsburgh’s training camp back in September on a professional tryout contract and played in hree NHL preseason games for the Penguins.
He has spent parts of seven NHL seasons between the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Vancouver Canucks, producing 18 career NHL points (10 goals and 8 assists) and a total of 432 penalty minutes in 137 career regular-season games.
The Rome, NY native was originally selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft.
Sestito’s best NHL season came in ’13-14 with Vancouver when he had five goals and four assists along with 213 penalty minutes in 77 games.