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Montreal Trades Dustin Tokarski to Anaheim

Montreal Trades Dustin Tokarski to Anaheim

Dustin TokarskiDustin Tokarski is swapping ‘la belle province’ for Orange County, after Montreal traded the 26-year old puck stopper to Anaheim.

Drafted 122nd overall by the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2008, Tokarski made a name for himself during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, stepping in when Canadiens’ number one Carey Price was sidelined with a knee injury.

The Saskatchewan native served as backup to Price last year, going 6-6-4 with a .910 save percentage and 2.75 goals-against average, but lost his place to Mike Condon prior to the new season.

An injury to Price provided Tokarski with a chance at redemption, but the former Spokane Chief managed just one win in six appearances as Montreal endured one of the worst December’s in club history, prompting General Manager Marc Bergevin to acquire Ben Scrivens from Edmonton last week.

Tokarski’s arrival in Anaheim prompted concern rookie star John Gibson might be more seriously injured than at first expected. The 22-year old collided with Toronto’s Nazem Kadri during the Ducks 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs last night, leaving the crease with just over 19 minutes of the game remaining.

Despite those initial fears, Gibson was on the ice for practise with Bruce Boudrea’s side again this morning however.

With Gibson only considered to be day-to-day and Frederik Andersen healthy again, as well as Anton Khudobin currently with the Ducks AHL affiliate in San Diego, it is unclear where Tokarski fits in to the clubs depth chart at present, with some speculating further moves could be coming in Anaheim, who found themselves at the foot of the NHL standings earlier this season following a poor start to the campaign.

Montreal acquired forward Max Friberg as part of the deal.

Tokarski holds an NHL record of 10-12-5 with a .904 save percentage, 2.85 goals-against average and one shut out. He will become a restricted free agent on July 1st.

As a result of the trade, the St John’s Ice Caps, Montreal’s AHL affiliate, recalled Edward Pasquale from the ECHL Brampton Beast, while top prospect Zach Fucale is now next in line for the Canadiens should Mike Condon or Ben Scrivens be injured before Carey Price is available again.

UPDATE:- Ducks’ Coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to reporters after practise, saying Gibson was ‘100%’ and could play against St. Louis on Friday.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).

1 Comment

  1. Paul Ipolito

    End of the line. At least it is warm in Anaheim.