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Rome’s Sestito put on waivers by New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils placed Rome native Tim Sestito on waivers on Thursday.

Sestito, 26, played in 36 games with the National Hockey League club and had two assists during that span. He has averaged around ten minutes per game over the last two months.

A noon deadline for today had been set to see if Sestito will be picked up by another team off waivers.

If he clears waivers, Sestito said that the Devils can either assign him to their American Hockey League affiliate or elect to keep in on the pro team for 10 games played or 30 days, at that time he will once again be placed on waivers for a team to claim him.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound center Sestito said that the Devils CEO, President, and general manager Lou Lamoriello told him yesterday that he expects to remain with the team if he clears the noon deadline for waiver period.

"I talked with the GM yesterday, and he said that I would be sticking around with the team," Sestito said.

"He said that I was put on waivers because the team has been going through some injuries and they needed some flexibility. I don’t know all the ins and the outs, but this sort of thing happens all the time at this level," he added.

"All I know is that if I do get picked up with another team, my time here with the Devils has been awesome," he continued.

"They were the first team to give me a shot, and it’s been a really great experience and I appreciate the opportunity from them if I do get picked up by another team.

"We started off slow this year, but lately we’ve been a lot better and winning a lot more games, and I hope I’m still here for that," said Sestito.

The Devils, who enter tonight’s 7 o’clock game against the visiting New York Rangers with a 23-30-4 overall record with 50 points and trail Carolina by 12 points for the final playoff spot in the East, recalled center Jacob Josefson from the AHL Devils club on Thursday.

The team said on its Web site that if Sestito clears waivers, Jacques Lemaire and Adam Mair will take his place in the lineup.

Josefson played in six games with New Jersey from Oct. 15-27 before he was sidelined by a hand injury that required surgery.

RomeSentinel.com

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