The Pittsburgh Penguins have 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 contact that runs through the end of the 2015-16 season and carries an average annual value of $575,000 at the NHL level.
Sestito had been playing with WBS this season on a professional tryout contract.
The Penguins will be placing Sestito on waivers Monday, and if he clears on Tuesday at noon, he will be assigned back to WBS.
Sestito, 28, has two goals and four assists for six points with 35 penalty minutes in 19 games for WBS in 2015-16.
The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Sestito attended Pittsburgh’s training camp in September on a professional tryout contract and played three NHL preseason games for the Penguins.
The Rome, NY native has played parts of seven NHL seasons with Columbus, Philadelphia and Vancouver, producing 18 points (10G-8A) and 432 penalty minutes in 137 career regular-season games.
Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (85th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft, Sestito’s best NHL season came in ’13-14 with Vancouver when he had nine points (5G-4A) and 213 penalty minutes in 77 contests.