Tim Sestito

Even thought the Devils are off today, the team decided to return Tim Sestito to AHL Albany, which clears up a roster spot. With Ilya Kovalchuk not ready to return, this raises the question of what the Devils plan to do with the free space. Could Dainius Zubrus be ready to return?


As Gulitti points out, it would be out of character for Zubrus to return to the lineup without getting so much as one full practice with the team. As we saw with Alexei Ponikarovsky, Martin Brodeur and Henrik Tallinder, the Devils prefer an injured player get at least one full, non-morning-skate practice in and sometimes more than that. However, there was no one placed on waivers Sunday and there's no reason for the Devils to clear a spot so far in advance of any possible trade. It could be that the Devils wanted Sestito to do play, something he wasn't going to do in New Jersey. Maybe Zubrus will take part in tomorrow's morning skate, practice with the team Wednesday and return to the lineup Thursday. We'll just have to wait and see what happens at tomorrow's morning skate.

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Last night, Panthers defenseman Colby Robak pushed Tim Sestito from behind and sent Sestito careening into the boards. I wrote immediately after the game that I'd be shocked if Robak didn't land some sort of NHL suspension. Well, consider me shocked:


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  • The regular slew of links from New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur's 666th career victory. (NJ.com) (NorthJersey.com) (NHL.com) (AP)
  • Though New Jersey won its second straight, Ilya Kovalchuk was injured during the third period. (NJ.com)
  • Tim Sestito was also injured and left last night's game. But, Pete DeBoer reportedly said he'll be fine (Fire & Ice)
  • Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning relieved head coach Guy Boucher of his duties on Sunday (NHL.com)
Tags: Around The Links, Florida Panthers, Guy Boucher, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Sestito

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That certainly was not a pretty win by any means, but it was a win nonetheless. The Devils had one strong period surrounded by two sleepy ones and got away with two points against a very injured, very bad team. Of course, none of that matters if Ilya Kovalchuk is seriously hurt, but we'll reserve judgement until we hear something from the Devils. Some thoughts...

Two points is two points: We've talked about the Devils racking up standing points regardless of style and that was precisely what tonight's game was about. The Devils won't admit it, but it looks to me like they overlooked the Panthers. They came out flat and were pretty de-energized in the third period, as well (wonder if that late goal had anything to do with it?). The good news is they had a very strong second period and got just enough goals to beat one of the worst teams in the league. With the Senators winning earlier in the day and the Rangers and Canes each possessing a game in hand, the Devils just have to points on top of points. More importantly, they have to win games at home against teams they should beat -- like the Panthers. Martin Brodeur didn't have to be great -- although he had a great moment here and there in career win No. 666 -- but he was sharp enough outside of that brain fart behind the net at the end of the second period. More importantly, this win puts pressure on the teams around the Devils to keep up, which can only help New Jersey. Hell, at this point, the Devils could be within four points of fifth place with a win over Ottawa on Tuesday and that's ahead of a sweepable two-game trip to the Florida teams next weekend. All in all, the Devils have things to work (the power play, for one), but they can leave the arena tonight knowing they did enough to help their playoff positioning and these days that's really the only thing that matters.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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While the New Jersey Devils goaltending has been a source of recent stress, the Albany Devils have not struggled with such problems.

The three-headed monster of Keith Kinkaid, Jeff Frazee and Scott Wedgewood have combined for an .899 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average in 59 games.

Toss out Wedgewood's so-so three games, and Frazee and Kinkaid have combined for a 2.62 goals-against and .912 save percentage.

Tags: Albany Devils, Alex Ponikarovsky, Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, Editorial Aside, Prospect Buzz, Rick Kowalsky, Scott Wedgewood, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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The New Jersey Devils have recalled Tim Sesito from the Albany Devils, the?team announced on Twitter.

Sesito, a center, has played in one NHL game this season, February 28 against the Winnipeg Jets. He notched just over five minutes on the ice.

Tom Gulitti from The Record says that this move likely means that?Andrei Loktionov will likely not play tonight.

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The New Jersey Devils' lines, scoring and continuity have been in flux since Ryan Carter went down on Feb. 18 against the Ottawa Senators.

But it looks as if Carter's on his way back.


Tags: Breaking News, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Ryan Carter, Tim Sestito
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You may have noticed that a certain 6-foot right wing was almost nowhere to be found after the second period Thursday night. Bobby Butler, who had spent parts of the past three games skating with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' top line, was eventually glued to the bench last night.

He played roughly six minutes in total and took just one shift in the third period. But why the benching? Pete DeBoer wasn't talking.


Tags: Albany Devils, Bobby Butler, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Ryan Carter, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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The Devils held an optional skate this morning, but coach Pete DeBoer revealed two lineup changes for tonight's game, one more interesting than the other. First, the fourth line gets a bit of a change with Tim Sestito getting the chance to dress:


Also, there will be some changes on defense, with a certain slow-footed Russian getting a night off.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Devils said Tuesday they would recall a center from their affiliate in Albany to accompany the team to Winnipeg for Thursday's game against the Jets. About that whole "center" thing...


I saw a tweet this morning from John Fischer of In Lou We Trust that just said "Tim Sestito? Ugh." After a brief chuckle, I realized this move is about two things. Avoiding the obvious "filling out the roster" reason, the Devils called up Sestito to help with one thing: energy. The Devils have lacked it for long stretches during their current slump and have missed the energy that Ryan Carter used to bring as part of that third line. Will Sestito play more than seven minutes? Probably not, but during those seven or less minutes, he'll forecheck and push the play and try to play with the kind of infectious energy that Pete DeBoer is hoping will spark the rest of the team. Of course, Sestito won't do much of anything else, but that brings me to the second thing. Jacob Josefson is not coming up until he proves at the AHL that he deserves to be one of the Devils' four NHL centers -- or until there's an injury that necessitates it. As I wrote yesterday, Josefson hasn't shown nearly enough in the offensive end of the ice to justify bringing him back and yanking him game by game between the AHL and NHL isn't going to help him either. Once Carter returns, which could be as early as tomorrow, Sestito is likely going back to Albany, so the Devils needed someone for a practice or maybe one game. Calling Josefson up for that limited timeframe wasn't going to help him. Instead, it looks like Josefson (barring injury) will get an extended look in Albany while the Devils try to figure out what they have in the NHL.

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  • Breaking News: Tim Sestito has been recalled from Albany, according to Rich Chere.
  • A slew of links involving Martin Brodeur's placement on injured reserve. (Fire & Ice) (NJ.com) (CBC)
  • The folks at?Devils Insiders?debate whether the Devils' goal song has gotten stale and offers some alternatives.
  • In case you missed it, the Habs and Stars pulled off a trade-deadline-esque blockbuster last night. (TSN)



Tags: Around The Links, daily links, Devils, Devs, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Tim Sestito

Two transactions as we approach the 5 p.m. cutdown deadline..

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Tim Sestito has been called up from Albany and will be in the lineup tonight as the Devils take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at home.

Tags: Lineup Changes, lineup changes, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SNY, Tim Sestito