Nesterov was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Friday. The Lightning also recalled fellow defenseman Matt Taormina from AHL Syracuse on Friday, so Nesterov was likely sent down in order to see increased ice time with the AHL club. He will likely get another chance with the Jackets later this season after logging a few games in the minors.
Nesterov was recalled by the Lightning on Sunday. Nesterov was expected to rejoin the the Lightning after Saturday's contest, and that is indeed the case. He'll next get a chance to rejoin the lineup Tuesday as the Lightning get set to face the Sabres.
Nesterov was suspended two games without pay for boarding Dallas forward Curtis McKenzie in Thursday's game, reports Associated Press. Nesterov will forfeit $7,983 in salary. Nesterov picked up a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct Thursday for hitting McKenzie from behind. McKenzie had to be helped off the ice; he appeared to be unable to put weight on his leg and was eventually taken to local hospital. Nesterov will be eligible to return to action next Friday night.
Nesterov was ejected from Thursday's game for hitting the Stars' Curtis McKenzie from behind. He may face supplementary discipline for the hit. McKenzie was unable to put weight on his leg and needed help to get off the ice after the hit. Nesterov isn't known for dirty play, but he won't pass up an opportunity to lay a solid hit. The NHL typically frowns on offenders especially when players get hurt, so we'll see if Nesterov gets dinged with a fine or suspension.
Nesterov received a game misconduct in Thursday's contest against the Stars, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports. Nesterov drew into the lineup for the second time in as many games Thursday, but his night ended early because of the issue. The league will likely review the hit to determine if a suspension is needed beyond Thursday's contest, but if not, his next chance to return to the lineup will come Saturday against the Sabres.
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