Tag:Tom Sestito
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:29 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Horton 'back to square one' in concussion rehab

Horton is dealing with his second concussion within one year. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

When Nathan Horton was concussed last year, he didn't seem all that worse for the wear. Sure, he missed the last four games of the Stanley Cup Finals, but he reported not feeling bad by the time the series was done and the Bruins were champs.

He felt good enough to travel with the team and bring the Bruins some good luck.

This most recent concussion, though? Doesn't seem to be going as smoothly.

Horton has been out of the lineup since Jan. 22 thanks to a hit from Tom Sestito of the Flyers. The B's have been taking his recovery slowly, obviously in no rush to get him back right away. That's one of the benefits of the cushion they have, not to mention the depth.

Unfortunately, even with their cautious approach, Horton suffered a setback on Friday after trying to take to the ice for a solo skate.

“He’s been pulled back,” coach Claude Julien said. “He’s got some symptoms. So we’ve pulled him back. It’s hard for me to come out every day with a step forward, step backward. He’s back to square one. We’re giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got on the ice, came back.”

As for what those symptoms are? The usual things you'd associate with a concussion, headaches chief among them.

This is the fickle nature of concussions. Even when you seem to be doing things the right way and taking it slow, you can revert right back to square one, as Julien puts it. The same happened with Nicklas Backstrom of the Capitals.

Read into this what you will, but since Jan. 22 the Bruins are just 2-4-0. In three of those six games less than two goals, twice being shut out.

Before the concussion, Horton had 17 goals to go with 15 assists on the season playing on the top line.

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Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:04 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:09 am
 

24/7: Flyers-Rangers Episode 3

By: Adam Gretz

When Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott had their little "shoving" match after the first period of a recent game the first thing that popped into my mind was, "I can't wait to hear what was actually said on the next episode of 24/7."

As it turns out, and it's probably not much of a surprise, the actual encounter was pretty lame and consisted of nothing other than Ott telling Laviolette to wait for the remainder of the Stars bench to head into the locker room, and Laviolette telling Ott to "go [expletive] yourself" two times. WIth a couple of shoves thrown in for good measure. In other words, it was just another day at the office for Steve Ott as you can be darn sure that's not the first time those words were spoken to him by an opposing player or coach during a game.  

It's no wonder the NHL didn't fine either participant: nothing happened.

Episode 3 of HBO's 24/7 probably wasn't one of the best ones in the series over the past two seasons. We had an opportunity to see a lot of the players hanging out with their families over the Holiday break, including Rangers forward Brian Boyle as he went home to spend time with his 12(!) brothers and sisters. There was an ugly sweater party, probably not unlike the ones you've had at work, and we also watched as Marian Gaborik awkwardly carried a massive Christmas tree over his shoulders through the streets of New York in an effort to get it back to his pad.

Three moments that stood out

1) Episode 3 focussed the Flyers-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden last week, which the Rangers won, and we were able to get a good listen to all of the trash talk that takes places on the ice and on the bench during a heated rivalry game. The best line of the night came from Rangers forward Brad Richards in response to Flyers call-up Tom Sestito, whom had been chirping the Rangers bench and talking about how he was going to knock all of them out. Said Richards, "This is fantasy camp for you," an obvious jab at Sestito's status as a call-up from the American Hockey League.

2) That game also gave us an opportunity to get a quick glimpse at the War Room in Toronto that keeps an eye on every single game taking place in the NHL and handles all of the questionable goal reviews that come up in a given night. During the second period of the Rangers-Flyers game Ruslan Fedotenko's goal had to be reviewed to make sure the puck actually went in the net (it did) and we managed to get a look at what can only be described as a dream job for a hockey enthusiast: a wall of massive HD flat screen TV's with nothing but hockey games taking place ... and one TV that, for reasons unknown, happened to have a close up angle of a dog.

3) The unquestioned star of the first two episodes, we had to wait nearly 49 minutes before we had our first real look at Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and like many of the players, was seen celebrating the holiday with his wife, two children and his now-famous (after the previous episode in the series) Husky that he referred to as "a hot girl, man."

I'll say this, he wasn't lying about the dog: it is a sharp looking animal.

More 2012 Winter Classic News Here
24/7 Flyers-Rangers Episode 1
24/7 Flyers-Rangers Episode 2

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:12 am
 

Daily Skate: Panthers' Theodore cause for concern

By Brian Stubits

TROUBLE IN PARADISE: Jose Theodore, the Panthers' new starting goaltender, played the entirety of the team's final preseason game, a 7-1 shellacking in Dallas. Kevin Dineen expressed some concern over a bad camp but says there's lot of time. (Miami Herald). If he struggles, it will be Jacob Markstrom to come in as he beat out Tyler Plante for the backup job. (Miami Herald)

TRAVEL Kings: Ever wonder who does the most traveling in the NHL every season? Well this year it will be the Los Angeles Kings, who will rack up more than 55,000 miles with 15 back-to-back games and 13 one-game road trips. The Florida Panthers come in second. Surprisingly, the Winnipeg Jets are just 10th on the list. (Shark Page)

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER?: There will be a change to the helmets in the NHL this season, but we aren't talking about player safety here. Instead, this season players will have their numbers plastered on the front of their domes in addition to the back, their jersey and shoulders. Just in case, you know, you missed it everywhere else. (Icethetics)

SECOND, BEST?: Most think if Phil Kessel when talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs and their best players. While he did lead the team in scoring last season, it just might be the second line of Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur in Toronto that really does the damage and dictates the Leafs' success. (Globe and Mail)

MIKA MAKING IT?: The Senators figure to get a lot of time to look at their prospects this season as the prospects for a good season aren't high. So on that note, the team's first pick in the draft this summer, big Swede Mika Zibanejad, has pretty much nailed down a roster spot with the Sens. (Senators Extra)

RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Brett Connolly is the top prospect for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a ballyhooed player the fans can't wait to see skating in Tampa. The 2010 sixth-overall draft pick is having a great camp and showing he's worthy of at least a longer look, the first nine games of the season. (St. Petersburg Times)

PICK MIGHT STICK: The Pittsburgh Penguins might have found themselves a real gem in the back end of the first orund. Their top pick Joe Morrow is still hanging around camp and keeps a chance to earn a roster spot alive, especially as long as Brooks Orpik is out with an abdominal injury. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

LOOKING GOOD: Nashville, music city, has plenty of good-looking people. A few minutes watching Country Music Television will tell you that. Nashville Lifestyles put together a list of the 25 most beautiful and wouldn't you know it, Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne cracked the list. (Nashville Lifestyles)

SUSPENSIONS STICK: Tom Sestito of the Flyers and Jean-Francois Jacques were each suspended by Brendhan Shanahan for action in preseason games and have both been subsequently sent down to AHL affiliates. Well the AHL announced on Thursday that it will enforce the suspensions as well. (TheAHL.com)

STILL GOT IT: Don't think Martin Broudeur has llost much yet. Check out this rob job in last night's Devils game in Philadephia, somehow keeping the puck out of a wide-open net.

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Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:44 pm
 

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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Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Video: Tom Sestito ejected for boarding

By: Adam Gretz

It seems one of two things is happening around the NHL this preseason: either players aren't aware that there is a new sherrif in town that is dropping the hammer in terms of discipline, or they're enjoying these suspension videos Brendan Shanahan is putting together as much as the rest of us (because they are awesome and extremely helpful).

During the Flyers 5-3 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night, Philadelphia's Tom Sestito received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for taking a run at Andre Deveaux of the New York Rangers. The hit resulted in a fight between Sestito and Stu Bickel.

Here's the video, via Hockeyfights.com:



And with that Shanahan gets more work and another Flyers player is likely to miss a bunch of regular season games. Jody Shelley was one of the first players to be issued supplemental discipline under Shanahan's watch, receiving a 10-game banishment (five preseason games and the first five games of the regular season) for his hit from behind on Darryl Boyce of the Toronto Maple Leafs last week. It appeared that Sestito's hit might have been worse, especially given how far across the ice he traveled to deliver the hit.

This game was an exhibition preview of the Winter Classic, which was officially announced earlier on Monday, and both teams showed that just because it doesn't count in the standings the still don't like each other all that much. Along with the Sestito boarding incident, the game also featured a fight between Dale Weise and Zac Rinaldo, while Max Talbot was sent off for boarding -- and the player on the receiving end of that hit was Deveaux, the player that was hit earlier in the game by Sestito.

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