Flames sign former KHLer Nesterov to 1-year deal
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The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Nikita Nesterov to a one-year, $700,000 contract, the team announced Friday.

Nesterov spent the last three seasons with CSKA Moscow of the KHL. As the club's captain in 2019-20, he finished first among its blue-liners with 23 points in 53 games.

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Nesterov in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He suited up in 119 regular-season games with the Bolts from 2014 to 2017 and had a brief 13-game stint with the Montreal Canadiens in 2017.

He's totaled 33 points in 132 career NHL games, primarily in a third-pairing role.

Nesterov has represented Russia on the international stage numerous times, winning a gold medal at the 2018 Olympics.

The 5-foot-11, 191-pound rearguard will likely serve a depth role on the Flames' blue line. Here's how Calgary's top six projects to shake out:

Mark Giordano Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin Chris Tanev
Juuso Valimaki Oliver Kylington

The Flames lost several defensemen in free agency: TJ Brodie, Erik Gustafsson, and Derek Forbort all signed elsewhere, and Travis Hamonic and Michael Stone remain unsigned.

Nesterov and Alex Petrovic are the team's most experienced depth options.

Flames sign former KHLer Nesterov to 1-year deal
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