Montreal Canadiens trade IceCap Jonathan Racine and a sixth-round pick for Nikita Nesterov

The former Florida Panthers’ 2011 third-round draft pick will likely provide punch to the Syracuse Crunch lineup.

Tonight, the Montreal Canadiens announced they traded St. John’s IceCap defenseman Jonathan Racine and a 2017 sixth-round pick for Nikita Nesterov.

Nesterov spent time this season alternating with Slater Koekkoek as a bottom-pair D, and also exhibited his flexibility by playing as a forward on wing. As of now, it is not known whether Nesterov requested the trade.

Racine, originally drafted by the Florida Panthers, was traded for by Montreal during the offseason. He spent much of the present season in the AHL with the St. John's IceCaps. In 26 games played, he has three assists and 58 PIM. According to Habs Eyes on the Prize managing editor Marc Dumont, the important part of the return was less Racine than it was the sixth-round pick.

Racine is younger than Nesterov at 23 years old, and has a cap hit of $660,000 AAV with no bonuses. His AHL salary is $70,000, and he will likely provide the toughness that Syracuse lacks with Luke Witkowski in the Lightning lineup.

Raw Charge writer GeoFitz's reaction to the news was, "We traded for a worse, but younger and cheaper defenseman." It’s hard to like any trade where the Canadiens are strengthened as a result, but Yzerman obviously looks farther ahead than fans do, and sees value in 2017’s sixth round.

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