The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Tom Sestito
to a one-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal is a two-way contract that has an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Sestito, 28, saw ice time in four NHL regular-season games with the Penguins, notching one point (1A). He also spent a couple stints in Pittsburgh during the early rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, although he did not appear in any games.
The 6-foot-5, 228-pound, lefthanded-shooter played the bulk of the 2015-16 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sestito logged 14 points (5G-9A) in 41 games played, in addition to four points (1G-3A) in seven games during the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs.
The Rome, New York, native has spent parts of seven NHL seasons with Columbus, Philadelphia and Vancouver, producing 18 points (10G-8A) in 137 career regular-season games. Sestito led the NHL in penalty minutes (213) during the 2013-14 season.
Sestito has played in 297 career AHL regular-season games, including time with Syracuse, Springfield, Adirondack and Utica in addition to WBS. While in the AHL, Sestito has compiled 127 points (53G-74A) and 991 penalty minutes.
Sestito was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 after being selected in the third round (85th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft.