Nesterov will decline offers to play in the NHL, instead opting to sign in the KHL, per agent Dan Milstein.
Nesterov joined the Tampa Bay organization heading into the 2013-14 campaign and spent the year with AHL Syracuse. The next two seasons would be split between the Lightning and the Crunch before he landed a permanent role for 2016-17. That spot wouldn't last as he was shipped off to Montreal at the trade deadline. In total, the blueliner appeared in 132 NHL contests, tallying 10 goals and 23 helpers. At just 24 years old, the former fifth-round pick could certainly make a comeback in the future, and you have to wonder how much the 2018 Winter Olympics factor into his decision. Given the uncertainty regarding whether he'll make a return to North America, fantasy owners should probably cut bait rather than stashing him away.
Nesterov will not receive a qualifying offer from the Canadiens, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
This means that Nesterov will be able to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent starting July 1. Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in late January, the defenseman found his way into 13 regular-season games with the Canadiens, notching five points and averaging 15:29 of ice time. His impact was negligible in the postseason, too, as he posted box-score goose eggs over a pair of contests against the Rangers in the conference quarterfinals. Montreal also shipped out a rearguard prospect in Mikhail Sergachev -- he's heading to the Lightning after Thursday's swap for Jonathan Drouin -- so there could end up being a noticeable shift in terms of fantasy options to chose from on the Habs' blue line next season.
Nesterov posted an assist with a minor penalty and four hits in Friday's 4-2 loss against the Lightning.
Nesterov missed the entire month of March due to an undisclosed injury, and he has managed just one assist in three outings in April. He just hasn't been a very reliable option in most fantasy formats. Avoid him in most postseason fantasy pools and DFS play.
Nesterov (undisclosed) has been cleared to return, but will be a healthy scratch against the Stars on Tuesday.
Nesterov has played in a mere nine contests for the Canadiens since being acquired at the trade deadline from Tampa. The blueliner was an occasional healthy scratch for the Lightning and it appears little has changed after his move to the Great White North. It may take an injury to a fellow blueliner for the 23-year-old to crack the lineup.
Nesterov (undisclosed) is listed as an injured scratch for Saturday's game against the Senators, NHL.com reports.
Make that 12 straight absences for the Russian blueliner -- some of those can be attributed to healthy scratches. His next chance to play will now be Tuesday, when the Habs play host to the Stars.
Nesterov didn't practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury.
Nesterov must have sustained the injury during a previous practice, as the 23-year-old blueliner has been a healthy scratch for the Canadiens' last seven games. A more definite timetable for Nesterov's return to health should be established once he's able to resume skating, but his inability to crack Montreal's lineup with any sort of regularity keeps him off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
Nesterov scored Montreal's lone goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers.
Nesterov is off to a nice start in a Canadiens uniform. Two games into his stint with the Habs, he has three shots, three hits, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating. In addition to Thursday's goal, he created a Grade A scoring chance for himself in Tuesday's win over the Sabres.
Nesterov posted one shot on net, two blocked shots, two hits and a plus-2 rating over 14:21 of ice time in a 5-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday.
Nesterov made his Montreal debut, and it looks like he'll be a regular on the third pair. His ability as a puck-moving defenseman earned him minutes on the second power-play unit Tuesday.
Nesterov will make his Montreal debut Tuesday against the Sabres, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
The Canadiens placed Zach Redmond on waivers Monday to make room for Nesterov, who was acquired from Tampa Bay last week for minor league defenseman Jonathan Racine. During Monday's practice session, he skated on the third pairing with Andrei Markov, who could return to the ice after missing 19 games due to a groin injury. Nesterov is a puck mover whom the Lightning used temporarily at forward when they had some injuries up front.
Tampa Bay traded Nesterov to the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 2017 sixth-round pick on Thursday.
Racine is currently developing in the minors and only has one career NHL game under his belt, so this trade allows the Canadiens to add a bottom-pairing defender without giving up much in return. Nesterov has only tallied 12 points while registering a minus-3 rating over 35 games with the Lightning this season, and likely won't ascend into fantasy relevancy with his new club.
Nesterov picked up two assists in Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
Nesterov now has eight points in 28 games and is just a single point from equaling his career mark of nine points in 57 games in 2015-16. He remains a marginal fantasy play in most formats.
Nesterov has three assists in his last seven games.
He has just six points in 24 games overall, but he's on pace to best his output of nine points in 57 games last season. Nesterov has been toiling as the Bolts seventh defender, thus limiting any fantasy value he might have. But he did skate as a forward against the Blues this week and he looked surprisingly good there.
Nesterov scored his first goal -- a power-play tally -- and added his first assist in Tuesday's win over Detroit.
Scoreless over his first 11 games, Nesterov experienced a significant bust-out in this one, but he still skated an extremely meager 15:22 and is coming off a nine-point campaign. The 23-year-old does have some longer-term upside, but here's no need to overrate this performance.
Nesterov returned to the lineup Monday after being a healthy scratch for three straight games.
Nesterov has not registered a point this season, but has delivered 18 hits in 10 games. He can't deliver fantasy value from the media box, but he hasn't delivered on the ice, either. Find another option.
Nesterov agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Tampa Bay on Monday worth $725,000.
Nesterov tallied just nine points in 57 contests last season, which appears to have convinced the Lightning to give him at least one more year to show what he can do. The 23-year-old figures to be in a battle for ice time for the duration of the campaign, barring injury, but will no longer have to worry about being sent down to the minors under the terms of a two-way deal. Given the uncertainty regarding the blueliner's spot on the depth chart, fantasy owners may want to hold off on slotting Nesterov into their lineups.
Nesterov registered a pair of power-play helpers in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Florida.
A very rare solid outing for Nesterov, who had not recorded a multi-point outing all season. In fact, one must look all the way back to Feb. 21 to find the blueliner's last outing with points, which says enough about the 22-year-old's fantasy value.
Nesterov was a healthy scratch Saturday.
He has solid upside, but his game hasn't taken a step forward this season. Nesterov may have fantasy value in the future, but he's just not consistent enough right now to warrant rostering. He has six points in 35 games, but just one in his last 11.
Nesterov scored a goal Tuesday night and has very quietly put up a point in three straight games. He has a goal and two assists in that span.
The goal was Nesterov's third of the season and that establishes a new career mark for goals in a season for the 22-year-old defender. His solid play of late has earned him increased ice time and that gives him more opportunity to show off the potential in his game. Nesterov may have sneaky short-term value if he keeps his coach's trust.
Nesterov was recalled by the Lightning on Monday, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.
Nesterov has skated in six contests for Tampa Bay this season in which he did not tally any points. The 22-year-old Russian's next chance to play will be on Wednesday when the Lightning play at Anaheim. Luke Witkowski will be sent down to AHL Syracuse to make room for Nesterov on the roster.
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.
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