Nestrasil agreed to terms with Neftekhimik of the KHL on Tuesday, Igor Eronko of Sports Express reports. Nestrasil will continue his career in Europe after Carolina chose not to extend him a qualifying offer and he failed to receive an offer from another club. The 26-year-old center played his most recent NHL game Jan. 3 and was limited to 19 outings at the top level last season.
Nestrasil wasn't extended a qualifying offer by the Hurricanes and will become an unrestricted free agent, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. Nestrasil saw his role decline this past year, going from 55 games played during the 2015 campaign to just 19 during the 2016 season. It appears he largely fell out of favor in Carolina, which makes it unsurprising that he failed to receive a qualifying offer. He'll look to latch on with a team in need of depth come the start of free agency on July 1.
Nestrasil was returned to AHL Charlotte on Friday. There have been obvious signs that Nestrasil is falling out of favor in Raleigh. He'd been waived in early January -- only to stick around upon clearing -- and then rode the bench for 22 games before returning to action for a mere 9:51 of ice time in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Lightning. Until he finds himself in a more favorable situation, you can safely ignore Nestrasil in all fantasy formats.
Nestrasil was called up from the minors Wednesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Nestrasil previously appeared in 18 NHL contests in which he logged five points, 25 shots on goals, and 10 hits. With Brock McGinn (upper body) and Jeff Skinner (upper body) still dealing with injuries, Nestrasil will provide some much needed depth, even if he doesn't crack the lineup.
Nestrasil was placed on waivers by Carolina on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The center has only played in two games since Dec. 13, a healthy scratch in all of those games, so Carolina is looking to free up a roster space. If he clears waivers, he will report to AHL Charlotte.
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