The Canucks and Tom Sestito have officially parted ways

The Tom “top-sixsito” Sestito era of Vancouver Canucks hockey is over. Where will the moral victories come from now? 

On Monday, the Canucks announced that Sestito will no longer be on the Utica Comets’ roster. The club will look to facilitate a trade for the designated enforcer, who has already cleared waivers this season.

From the Utica Comets’ Press Release on the matter:

The Vancouver Canucks and Utica Comets jointly announced today that forward Tom Sestito will not play for either club for the remainder of this season.

Sestito will workout on his own and will continue to receive his salary while the Canucks work to identify a new club where he can continue his career.

The Canucks and Comets thank Tom for his contributions and wish him luck in the future.

Sestito originally joined the Canucks shortly after the Aaron Volpatti waiver error during the lockout abbreviated 2013 season. He had a career year with the John Tortorella Canucks during the 2013-14 season, scoring a career high five goals and appearing in a career high 77 games with that difficult to watch iteration of the club.

Whether the Canucks can facilitate some sort of trade remains to be seen. Unless they’re taking back an expensive American Hockey League contract in return, it seems unlikely that a player of Sestito’s ilk will generate any interest on the trade market.

A tough year for NHL enforcers continues…

  • Vanoxy

    It’s a sad, sad day.

    We’ll miss you Topsix. You were a gentleman and a scholar.
    Of course, by Gentleman, I mean Goon and by Scholar, I mean Knucklehead.
    But he was loveable somehow.

  • RandomScrub

    It’s a word that gets thrown around hockey circles way too much, but give Sestito credit for dealing with his situation this season with class. Never complained about his ice time, or sitting in the press box, or getting waived.

    He may not be an NHL-calibre player, but he sure as hell is a professional. Good luck to him.

    • RandomScrub

      With the whalers in 06 – 07 played 60 games with 42goals and 22 assists
      syracus crunch 07- 08 drop to in 66 games 7 gals and 16 assists
      @010-11 springfild , 46 games , 11 goals 21 assists
      2011-12 34 games 9 goals 8 assists
      2013-14 steelers 11 games 7 goals assist
      Vancouver 77 games under Torys 5 goals 4 assits
      Like Bieska said in an interview , people don’t know this guy , he is a good player and can score…….His role under Torts was not to score goals.To bad , I liked the big guy .

  • peterl

    My favorite Sestito moment was in the post-game scrum following the Calgary line brawl (when Torts went nuts)

    Sestito: “they started their idiots to we had to counter.”
    **Sestito hops onto the ice**

  • peterl

    I feel bad for the guy. He always seemed like a really great guy and great teammate.

    Not, like, want him on my team kinda feel bad for him, but on a personal level, it sucks. I’m sure hockey was his dream, and his life. Hopefully he finds a decent future somewhere, in some league.