The Flyers have waived Tom Sestito, as Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed a TSN report. The Flyers are believed to hope they can send Sestito to their AHL affiliate in Adirondack.
Holmgren said that the Flyers' plan all along was to waive Sestito on Tuesday, even before his hit on Monday night that will likely warrant a suspension. Sestito has not yet had his hearning with the NHL's dean of discipline, Brendan Shanahan.
The Flyers are a little more than a week away from opening night and their injury list is already long.
James van Riemsdyk and Andreas Nodl have lower-body injuries, according to Holmgren. Neither player practiced on Tuesday. JVR is not likely to play before the Oct. 6 season opener at Boston. Nodl could play this weekend.
Brayden Schenn's upper-body injury makes him questionable for Thursday's game vs. New Jersey at the Wells Fargo Center.
They did, however, receive one bit of good news. Scott Hartnell was cleared to resume hockey-related activities after undergoing a stress test to make sure his heart was in good, working order after he produced an elevated heart rate on Friday night in Detroit.
Hartnell practiced on Tuesday and said he expects to play in both of the Flyers' final preseason games.
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