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The Inside Scoop: Sestito Hopes to Earn a Job

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

This morning, the Pens announced that forward Tom Sestito will attend training camp on a professional tryout contract.

There’s no mistaking the role Sestito would fill with the Pens if he earns a spot on the team. He’s huge (6-foot-5, 228 pounds), loves to play physical and will drop the gloves when needed. There’s a reason Sestito, 27, has collected 432 career penalty minutes in 137 regular-season games.

“I want to be a fourth-line guy, power forward,” Sestito said. “Hit as many bodies as I can and deter a guy from taking a run at the 90,000 stars on the team.”

Among the Pens’ 90,000 stars are Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. It behooves the team to keep those stars focused on using their talents on the ice and not on the post-whistle extracurriculars.

Sestito wants to be that guy keeping the opponents in line. The Pens re-signed Bobby Farnham in the offseason, another player that could fill that job with his hard play and agitating style.

So if Sestito is to fill that role with the Pens, he’ll have to earn it. He’s only in camp on a tryout and will have to show Pens management that he deserves the job.

“I know it’s just a tryout, but I feel like when the exhibition games come along I’ll feel like a part of the team and hopefully contribute,” he said, “and hopefully my services will be necessary.”

Sestito, who met with the Pens brass and players last week, left for Pittsburgh this afternoon. He’ll join the rest of the group of players that have been informally skating at the team’s new practice facility in Cranberry until camp opens in mid-September.

“It’s a lot easier to go to camp when you skate with the guys a couple weeks before,” Sestito said. “It should be a fun time.”

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