The one-trick pony enforcer is dying in today's NHL.
No longer is it worth having a guy on the team who only fights and skates five minutes of ice time per game. Instead, the guys who are willing to drop the gloves also have a clue as to what to do with a hockey stick and when the puck is on it.
That leaves Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito practically irrelevant on the Flyers and their pursuit of a successful season.
On and off, the two have been in the line up for the Flyers. And in the rarest, and most unfortunate occasions, the two goons were in the line up together for five times this season. In those five times, the Flyers are 1-3-1.
Over the past few seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins have developed a heated rivalry.
While the origins of the hatred between the two teams dates back to the Flyers Stanley Cup victory over the Bruins in the 1974 postseason, the rivalry regained it’s momentum following the 2010 playoffs when the Flyers historically came back from three games down to defeat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semi-final.
Since then, the Bruins have gotten the better of the Flyers winning nine of the last 11 meetings between the two teams (including a sweep in last year’s rematch in the semi-final).
What this has led to is a great deal of physicality whenever the two teams meet.
That was certainly the case this Sunday.
While there was plenty of physicality and animosity to go around, Tom Sestito made sure to make his presence felt early and often.
The last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins met, it was in the midst of a seven-game winning streak for the Flyers.
But unfortunately for the orange and black-clad team, that streak came to an abrupt end when they hosted the Stanley Cup champion Bruins.
In a pathetic showing which was featured on HBO’s 24/7, the Flyers were abused 6-0 at the hands of Boston. Just over a month later, the Bullies will seek pay back against the Bruins, who they have split the season series, 1-1, so far.
After Philadelphia Flyer Tom Sestito leveled New York Ranger Andre Deveaux into the boards during a preseason game this past Monday, many expected a suspension to be handed down to the young power forward.
This afternoon, sources confirmed to Adam Pardes of The Checking Line that Sestito has been suspended four games (two preseason and two regular season) for the controversial hit (video below):