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Bulletin Board: Sestito Suspended Four Games For Hit On Deveaux

Tom Sestito of the Flyers was suspended four games for boarding Andre Deveaux on Wednesday

Tom Sestito of the Flyers was suspended four games for boarding Andre Deveaux on Wednesday

We’ll be trying a new Monday-Friday feature on BB this season to keep you abreast of the latest developments around the National Hockey League.

Here’s a look at what’s making headlines today:

- Tom Sestito was suspended for the Flyers’ final two preseason games and two regular season games for his blatant board of Andre Deveaux during Wednesday night’s contest.  Sestito likely avoided a harsher punishment because he’s a first-time offender, a criterion that has played a major role in the six other suspensions doled out by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan so far this fall.

- Chris Pronger’s recovery from back surgery has been a slow process, but he should be ready to start the season.

- The man that threw a banana at Wayne Simmonds last week has been arrested.

- St. Louis Blue Jason Arnott will be out seven days after having eye surgery yesterday.

- Florida Panthers center Mike Santorelli will be out for a while with a shoulder injury, which could possibly open the door for 2011 third-overall pick Jonathan Huberdeau to make the team.

- After the Toronto Maple Leafs failed to land Brad Richards, they settled on ex-Sabre Tim Connolly to bolster their offense and upgrade their power play.  Connolly had shown the ability to be a point-per-game player, but he’s had a very tough time staying healthy.  The season hasn’t even started yet and Connolly is already out with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.

- Another Toronto forward, top prospect Nazem Kadri, will miss three-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.

- Former Rangers’ prospect Roman Horak, traded along with two second-round picks to the Calgary Flames with Tim Erixon, has been a pleasant surprise for Calgary in September.  Horak was ticketed for the AHL, but he’s survived two rounds of cuts so far and has been moving up the depth chart.  There’s an outside chance he makes the team.

- The Detroit Red Wings expect Niklas Kronwall to fill the void created when Brian Rafalski suddenly retired this summer.  Kronwall has always been a heavy hitter, but he’s going to have to produce more offensively.  Detroit apparently has a lot of faith that Kronwall will step up; the Red Wings are already negotiating a long-term contract extension with him.

- Red Wings prospect Brendan Smith will probably be the latest player to hear from Brendan Shanahan after this hit on Ben Smith last night.

- Danny Cleary will miss the rest of the preseason with an upper-body injury, but should be alright to start the year.

- Sidney Crosby is definitely heading in the right direction, but it’s still unlikely that he’ll be ready for the season opener.  Crosby is expected to travel with the Penguins to Vancouver though, so get ready for a lot of “will he or won’t he play” conversations.

- The Washington Capitals re-signed Jason Chimera to a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension.

- Check out Bodog’s over/under point projections for the 2011-2012 season.  Bodog has the Rangers at 94.5.

- Anze Kopitar scored a hat trick in preseason action last night.

- You’ll soon see numbers on players’ helmets.


Past editions of the Bulletin Board:

9/21/11 - 2011 First-Round Draft Picks Shine In Preseason Action >

9/22/11 - Jody Shelley Delivers First Controversial Hit of 2011 Season >

9/23/11 - Shanahan Impresses As New NHL Disciplinarian >

9/26/11 – Sidney Crosby Participates In “Controlled Scrimmage” >

9/27/11 – Montreal Signs Chris Campoli >

9/28/11 – Top 2011 Draft Picks Shine In Preseason Action >

9/29/11 – Sestito Suspended Four Games For Hit On Deveaux >


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