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.