There’s no way around it. Tom Sestito is a one of a kind individual.
His wit is sharper than an infomercial knife set and his verbal barbs come quicker than a swarm of angry yellow jackets. He’ll let you know exactly what he’s thinking at any time, and his unapologetic brazenness only adds to the big man’s charm.
You could travel all around the world for 10 years and never meet another Tom Sestito.
The Rome, N.Y. native has been a part of four different organizations over the course of his 10-year career, played for four different NHL teams, four different AHL teams, and even spent time overseas in the United Kingdom’s pro hockey league. He’s seen a lot. He’s never seen anyone like Tom Kostopoulos.
“He’s the best captain I’ve had in pro hockey,” Sestito said. “I’ve had a lot of captains and I’ve been on a lot of teams, too. He’s the best.”
Sestito, a one in a millions personality himself, is always appreciative of the unique attributes that personify his teammates. That’s why he’s going to be trying his hardest to tilt Kostopoulos’ offseason decision on his playing future back towards a return with the black and gold.
“Oh, I’ll be in his ear trying to get him to play another year,” Sestito said. “There’s no doubt about it. Hopefully, I’m back here too, but you can’t say enough about the guy.”
While Kostopoulos’ future is still unknown at this point, Sestito brings up the fact that he’s not exactly a sure thing to return either. An unrestricted free agent this summer, the 29-year-old forward has his pick of the litter when it comes to where he’ll play next. That list isn’t limited to the NHL and AHL either, mind you. Europe always remains a viable option to these players, as well.
Sestito doesn’t anticipate flipping through many brochures, though. Speaking his mind as always, he’s made it very clear that he’d want to return to the Penguins organization
“This has been my favorite place to play. The way they handle your family, my wife, my kid, it’s been great. It’s been home. It’s a first class organization.
“As an older guy, I don’t like waiting too long. Hopefully, we can get to it and get something ironed out.”
While the rest of us have no choice but to wait and see what his next move is, there’s one certainty he’s shown Penguins fans through his first two seasons with the team: You’ll never be left waiting for a response from Tom Sestito, no matter the subject.
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