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NHL Trade Deadline: Flyers Acquire F-Sestito from Columbus for Chaput, Moore.

The Flyers may have kept primarily silent on NHL trade deadline day, however, they did make one depth move that could pay dividends.

With time running out on the 3 P.M. deadline, general manager Paul Holmgren acquired 6-foot-5, 228 lbs. brute force winger Tom Sestito from the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Flyers 2010 third-round pick Michael Chaput and 26-year-old center and AHL regular, Greg Moore.

Sestito will be immediately assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms.

Sestito, 23, a Columbus third round pick in 2006, played nine games with the Blue Jackets this season, earning a pair of goals, assists and 40 penalty minutes. Big, mean and physical is Sestito’s game. A willing fighter and role-player, the native New Yorker could be used as a net presence and physical entity.

Certainly a project if the Flyers want more than specialized duty from him, Sestito could work as a depth call up or “black ace” come playoff time. Although Sestito might not be the ideal choice to play any post-season games, considering the Flyers’ vapid depth pool, he is an upgrade at 14th or 15th forward.

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Flyers select C-Chaput with 89th pick in 2010 NHL draft

With the 89th selection (third round) in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Flyers have selected center Michael Chaput from Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“I’m very excited,” Chaput told the media. “I didn’t talk to the Flyers before the draft or anything. It was quite a surprise.

“I bring a lot of energy and a lot of grit to my game.  I like to bring the offensive side also.”

Listed at 6-foot-2, 194 lbs., Chaput is a skilled, not overly physical but feisty forward with an ability to play a two-way game.  The Montreal-native, who scored 28 goals and 27 assists in 68 games in his 2010 campaign, expects to be NHL ready in 2-3 years.  He has decent offensive potential but as scouts noted, needs to add strength to match his smooth skating and size.

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