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Sheffield Steelers sign new wing amidst Tom Sestito’s form lapse

Passive: Sheffields NHLer Tom Sestito.	         Picture: dean woolley

Passive: Sheffields NHLer Tom Sestito. Picture: dean woolley

  • by Bob Westerdale Ice Hockey
 

Sheffield Steelers are drafting in another import forward in Simon Ferguson - which may be a relief to fans, considering the form of their temporary NHL winger Tom Sestito.

Ferguson, 29, has played 335 AHL League games and will fly in once his visa has been approved.

Last season, the Canadian played in Esbjerg in Denmark scoring a decent 57 points in 45 games.

This season he failed to settle in at Ljubijana in Slovenia, though and requested a move.

His availability will be welcomed by supporters, considering last weekend’s below-par performances.

The club have chosen not to comment on Sestito’s form.

But, personally, I am surprised how passive the 6ft 5ins Philadelphia Flyers winger has become recently.

Recently it was suggested he was struggling with ‘flu.

But that lethargy seems to linger, despite averaging a point a game. Maybe the New Yorker had initially envisaged spending just a short spell in England before the NHL lock-out would be settled and he’d be back on big wages, rampaging down the wing at the Wells Fargo Centre.

The dispute has continued though and that seems to have affected Sestito’s desire for hits, fights and team-play.

The man from the best league in the world looked Steelers’ worst player, last Sunday.

Head coach Ryan Finnerty won’t be drawn on Sestito’s form, preferring to comment only on Ferguson’s arrival.

He said: “We’ve only been carrying 10 imports and have always had the option to bring an 11th in.

“Also with the NHL situation we didn’t want to get caught should the NHL return and Tom Sestito leaves us.

“We’d then have been chasing a new player to replace him and have competition from every team in Europe.

“Simon Ferguson is the perfect signing for us. He is hungry to come into a situation and play out the year.

“He is a hard working, hard-nosed player who will bring a great work ethic and style of play to our team. I see him in the mould of a Tylor Michel.

“He is another that will intensity and energy to the side. He will add offence but more importantly add to what we already have here as another very good, solid hockey player. He is a perfect fit and has a great hockey resume with much top quality experience.”

Ferguson played his junior hockey in Lethbridge Alberta before turning professional in 2004 with the Edmonton Roadrunners, of the AHL. His North American career lasted until 2011.

Finnerty concluded: “Simon has been signed for over a week now and we are well underway with his visa paperwork.

“I am hoping that within a week to 10 days he will be here with us”

 

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