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SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Tom Sestito leaves but two arrive

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  • by Bob Westerdale Ice Hockey
 

IT’S all change at Sheffield Steelers.

NHL winger Tom Sestito is due to leave the club this week as he seeks a more profitable berth, possibly in the Czech Republic.

After 17 games, his spot will be taken by newly signed Simon Ferguson, who is expected in the country in the next 24 hours. But that’s not all. Sheffield need a new defenceman after injuries havvagted their blue line.

Rumours in south Wales suggest that might be former Cardiff Devils’ penalty-taker Chris Frank.

If that turns out to be true, it will be afford coach Ryan Finnerty some flexibility as the 6ft 1ins American could play on the wing when Steelers are back at full strength on the blue line.

Finnerty would not discuss Frank...or another suggestion that Danny Wood is on his way out.

Injury and lack of ice time has meant the Sheffield-born player has failed to develop in the way he’d hoped.

That could mean a switch to Sheffield Steeldogs, which politically, would not be a useful way of mending fences between the two city clubs, whose relationship has been strained.

Finnerty admitted point-a-game Sestito’s completely understandable desire to earn more money abroad during the NHL lock out was a blow in playing terms.

“Tommy has been great for us and we will miss him. He had one little slub but normally played with some edge. The guy coming in (Ferguson) is no slouch, either, though.

“We respectfully part company with Tommy, wish him well and move on.”

 

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