Tokarski has re-signed with the Ducks. The Ducks may have an open competition for the backup job behind John Gibson during training camp, which would give Tokarski a chance to hang around with the big club if he emerges as the best option. He spent last season working mostly in the AHL, playing in just two games with the Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego after he was acquired by Anaheim in January.
Tokarski has been traded to the Ducks in exchange for forward Max Friberg. According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Tokarski will report to AHL San Deigo. Tokarski failed to earn a consistent role with the Canadiens after Carey Price went down with a leg injury. The 26-year-old had only managed one win through six appearances with the Habs this campaign, and his poor rate stats (3.18 GAA, .878 save percentage) left the team deciding to go a different direction. Ben Scrivens, who was acquired from Edmonton on Dec. 28, has joined Mike Condon in an attempt to hold down the fort while Price remains out of action. Meanwhile, Tokarski gives the goalie-starved Ducks another option between the pipes, even though he'll have to bide his time in the minors right off the bat.
The Canadiens assigned Tokarski to AHL St. John's on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Tokarski posted a subpar 3.18 GAA in his six games with the Canadiens, so the team decided to make a change, sending Tokarski down while acquiring fellow goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Oilers. Tokarski will be fourth in line at the goaltender position when Carey Price is ready to play again, so it remains to be seen if he will be back with the NHL club this season.
Tokarski was pulled from Monday's loss to the Predators after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Head coach Michel Therrien was none too pleased with his goalies after Monday's loss, the Canadiens' fourth consecutive and ninth in the last 11 games. But Carey Price is skating on the ice anytime soon, so the coach will have to live with Tokarski and Mike Condon while figuring out the right combinations to generate some offense. Montreal has scored 18 goals in the previous 11 games.
Tokarski will receive the start in the crease Monday against the Predators. After serving in relief of Mike Condon in Sunday's game against the Stars, Tokarski will receive the starting nod in net Monday. Neither of the two netminders has been overly impressive for the struggling Canadiens, who have now lost seven of the last eight games. Tokarski will look to get things back on track for the club Monday, but will face a tough matchup against a Nashville team that scores 2.94 goals per game at home this season and will presumably have one of the league's top netminders in Pekka Rinne between the pipes.
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