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Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:44 pm
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Flyers' Sestito gets two-game regular-season ban

By Brian Stubits

It's another day and we have another Brendan Shanahan ruling laid down.

Tom Sestito of the Philadelphia Flyers came from another state to nail the Rangers' Andre Deveaux that helped send that game into a spiraling mess that ended up with some other controversial moments. For that hit, Sestito will be forced to sit out the remainder of the preseason (two games) and two regular-season matches.

Here's the ruling explained from Shanahan.

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The morning after the hit, Sestito was placed on waivers as part of the process of sending him down to the AHL, although that was likely to happen regardless of the hit. Sam Carchidi at the Flyers Report says that Sestito will be recalled from the minors and sit the two-game suspension then.

Sestito commented on his Twitter feed, mentioning his lack of priors was a factor in getting just the two games.

"Verdict is out, luckily I haven't had a previous suspension things could have been a lot worse! Time to move on and get the season going."

That's obviously a very big factor for Shanahan in making these rulings. It's why teammate Jody Shelley received a five-game ban after his hit on the Maple Leafs' Darryl Boyce, which left Boyce with a broken nose.

Oh, and this happens to come down on Sestito's birthday. This is quite a present from the NHL. More like coal in the stocking.

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