Shaking his hand and grimacing as he left the ice on Thursday night after fisticuffs with Buffalo’s Zack Kassian, the general consensus was that forward Tom Sestito busted up his hand or wrist in the fight.
Sestito, as the Flyers announced minutes later, would miss the rest of the game with a lower-body injury.
Does the hand count as a “lower-body” injury?
Turns out, it’s a little more serious than that.
Sestito, 24, will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks with surgery to repair a torn groin muscle. The surgery will be performed on Tuesday.
Sestito has played in just 14 games this season but has racked up 83 minutes in penalties, mostly through fighting majors. Over the last few weeks, however, Peter Laviolette had chosen Sestito’s size over a player like Harry Zolnierczyk’s speed.
Sestito was acquired around this time last year – on Feb. 28 – in a minor deadline trade with Columbus in exchange for prospects Greg Moore and Michael Chaput.
JAGR BACK? Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr skated in practice on Friday, but clearly wasn’t feeling himself. When he left the ice, he immediately went to the players’ lounge in his full equipment (somewhat of a rarity) and said he sat down to drink hot tea.
Jagr missed practice on Tuesday and Wednesday and also skipped Thursday’s win over Buffalo with a flu bug that has apparently caught the coach, as well.
It appears, though, that Jagr will be healthy enough to play on Saturday against Pittsburgh.
“Anybody who can walk, plays,” Jagr said.
He then threw in a barb about his age. Jagr, of course, turned 40 on Wednesday.
“Did I turn 50 this week or 40?” Jagr asked. “Because I feel like I’m 50 today.”
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