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Nikita Nesterov | Defenseman | #89

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/28/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 191
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (148) / TB

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Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin confirmed that he won't be re-signing Nikita Nesterov.
This follows a report that Nesterov wouldn't receive a qualifying offer, which makes him an unrestricted free agent. He had four goals and 17 points in 48 games with Tampa Bay and Montreal last season. Jun 22 - 7:01 PM

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The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly not issuing Nikita Nesterov a qualifying offer.

Nesterov would consequently become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He had four goals and 17 points in 48 games with Tampa Bay and Montreal in 2016-17.
Jun 16 - 6:35 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch on Sunday.

As previously noted, Nesterov made a key defensive mistake in Game 2, so this move is likely a reflection of that. Brandon Davidson is drawing into the lineup.
Apr 16 - 1:45 PM

Nikita Nesterov is not in Montreal coach Claude Julien's good books at the moment.

He made a key defensive blunder in the Habs' 4-3 win over New York Friday night leading to the Rangers' first goal. Nesterov was on the ice for only 13:05 in that contest. Julien may not be in a position to scratch Nesterov due to an illness going around the Habs' locker room and the fact that Alexei Emelin is still dealing with a lower-body injury.
Apr 16 - 10:21 AM

Nikita Nesterov (undisclosed) returned to action on Monday April 3.

Nesterov had a plus-one rating in 18:18 minutes of ice time in his return. This was his first game since Feb. 27.
Apr 4 - 2:45 AM

Nikita Nesterov is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Nesterov missed Thursday's practice as a result. He'll probably also be kept out of Thursday's contest.
Mar 16 - 11:00 AM

Nikita Nesterov is projected to be scratched Saturday night.

It would be Nesterov's third consecutive game in the press box. He has four goals and 14 points in 44 games this season.
Mar 4 - 6:40 PM

Nikita Nesterov and Brian Flynn will be scratched against Nashville on Thursday.

Nesterov has seen but nine games of action with the Habs, scoring two points along with 21 hits. Flynn has picked up 10 points with 28 blocks in 48 games.
Mar 2 - 6:00 PM

Nikita Nesterov, David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto will be scratched against the Islanders on Thursday.

Nestorov has seen just seven games of action with Montreal since coming over from Tampa Bay. He has a point with 17 hits in that time. Desharnais meanwhile has 10 points in 29 games. Andrighetto himself has eight points with 27 hits in 25 games.
Feb 23 - 6:43 PM

Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers.

He'll come out of the lineup for Greg Pateryn. Nesterov has four goals and nine assists in 42 games this season. David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto will also watch the game from the press box. None of these three players have any fantasy value.
Feb 21 - 6:28 PM

Nikita Nesterov will tag in for Greg Pateryn against Boston on Sunday.

Nesterov has a point with eight hits in five games with Montreal. Pateryn meanwhile has six points with 35 hits and 40 blocks in 22 games.
Feb 12 - 7:28 PM

Nikita Nesterov, David Desharnais and Brian Flynn will each be scratched from Saturday's game with the Blues.

Through five games with Montreal, Nesterov has a point with eight hits to his credit. Desharnais has posted 10 points in 29 games to go along with 68 hits. And Flynn has also picked up 10 points to go along with 69 hits in 43 games.
Feb 11 - 3:37 PM

Nikita Nesterov, David Desharnais and Brian Flynn will each be scratched from Thursday's match with Arizona.

Each have managed to produce a modicum of fantasy value this season. Nesterov through five games has a goal and eight hits to his credit. Desharnais has picked up 10 points in 29 games. Meanwhile Flynn has posted 10 points with 26 blocks in 43 games.
Feb 9 - 2:10 PM

Nikita Nesterov scored his first goal as a member of the Montreal Canadiens in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Philadelphia.

Nesterov opened the scoring at the 4:51 mark of the first period. The young Russian was acquired from the Lightning last week, and the Canadiens have shown a willingness to play him regularly so far. Nesterov is up to four goals and nine assists in 37 games this season. Alex Galchenyuk and Andrew Shaw picked up the assists on Montreal's only goal.
Feb 2 - 10:45 PM

Montreal acquired Nikita Nesterov from Tampa Bay on Thursday night in exchange for Jonathan Racine and a sixth round pick in 2017.

Nesterov gets a new lease on life as he was often a scratch during his time with the Lightning. In 119 career NHL games, the 23-year-old has posted eight goals and 28 points along with 77 PIMs and 196 hits combined over the last three seasons. He'll never win a Norris Trophy but he can certainly become a solid contributor to the Canadiens' ailing blue line.
Jan 26 - 7:14 PM

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