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Report: Nesterov will not be qualified, to become a free agent

Nikita Nesterov will not receive a qualifying offer from the Montreal Canadiens according to  Elliotte Friedman. Because of this, Nesterov will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.

Nesterov was acquired in a minor deal sending Jonathan Racine and a 2017 6th round pick to Tampa Bay. At first glance, this was a strong trade as Montreal was receiving an NHL defenseman with upside. Because of the trade, Montreal was forced to put Mark Barberio on waivers, where he was claimed by the Colorado Avalanche, the first team on the waiver wire.

During his short stint with Montreal, Nesterov accumulated 1 goal and 5 points in 13 regular season games. The former 2011 5th round pick also played 2 games during Montreal’s short playoff run.

When all said and done, Nesterov was apart of a crowded blue line, especially on the left side. Even with Mikhail Sergachev out the door, he’d still have to battle with Jordie Benn, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin, Nathan Beaulieu and Jakub Jerabek for a spot on the left hand side.

With Nesterov gone, it gives the Canadiens an extra $725,000 to play around in hopes of signing Andrei Markov, Alex Galchenyuk and Alex Radulov.

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