TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Nikita Nesterov to a one-year, NHL contract worth $725,000, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Nesterov, 23, skated in 57 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, posting three goals and nine points to go along with 41 penalty minutes. He set career highs last season for games played, goals, assists (six) and points. The Chelyabinsk, Russia native also appeared in nine 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording one assist and nine penalty minutes. He skated in one game with Team Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, registering one shot on goal.
The 6-foot, 199-pound defenseman has appeared in 84 career NHL games over two seasons with the Lightning, recording five goals and 16 points to go along with 57 penalty minutes. Over the past two seasons, Nesterov has skated in 26 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, collecting a goal and seven points during that span.
Nesterov was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round, 148th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft.
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