Despite rumours to the contrary, Nikita Nesterov's agent says the restricted free agent has not signed in the KHL and plans to remain in North America.

Nesterov is listed on the KHL's website as a player on Traktor Chelyabinsk but his agent Dan Milstein said rumours he's returned to Russia are "absolutely false."

Nesterov is arbitration eligible with the Montreal Canadiens, who acquired the 24-year-old from the Tampa Bay Lightning in January.

He scored one goal and added four assists in 13 games upon joining the Canadiens, finishing the year with a total of four goals and 17 points in 48 games between the two teams.

Nesterov dressed in two of the team's six playoff games, failing to record a point. 

The native of Chelyabinsk spent two seasons with the KHL club from 2011-2013. He owns 10 goals and 23 assists in 132 career NHL games.