Tokarski signed a one-year, standard AHL contract with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday, WheelhouseHockey.org reports. Tokarski split the past season between AHL Hartford and Charlotte while under contract with the Rangers, but his new deal will have no ties to an NHL team. As such, Tokarski will be eligible to sign with any of the league's 31 teams if his performance in the minors warrants a look. The 29-year-old goaltender last appeared at hockey's top level in 2016-17 as a member of the Ducks.
Tokarski was sent down to AHL Hartford on Wednesday, TSN.ca reports. Tokarski still hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since his one-game stint with the Ducks in the 2016-17 campaign. Still, Tokarski and Marek Mazanec are the AHL depth options in case something were to happen to Henrik Lundqvist or his primary backup, Alexandar Georgiev.
Tokarski was called up from AHL Hartford on Wednesday, TSN.ca reports. The Rangers are off until Jan. 29, but Tokarski figures to benefit from being around the NHL team in any capacity. He's compiled a 10-12-5 record, 2.84 GAA and .904 save percentage over 34 games between the Lightning, Canadiens, Ducks and Rangers. We wouldn't expect him to draw into any games with the Blueshirts unless the team finds itself in an emergency situation.
Tokarski was promoted from AHL Hartford on Monday. Considering the Rangers are off until Saturday and the Wolf Pack play on Wednesday and Friday versus AHL Bridgeport and AHL Charlotte respectively, the move to flip backup netminders is likely temporary and designed to get Alexandar Georgiev some playing time. Look for Tokarski to be headed back to the minors prior to Saturday's matchup with Florida.
Tokarski was waived Friday, with the Rangers intending to assign him to AHL Hartford in the event that he goes unclaimed, Tokarski was winless through two preseason appearances, allowing three goals on 23 shots in the process. It's looking like it will take an injury or unexpected struggles from Henrik Lundqvist or Alexandar Georgiev for Tokarski to get a look as a potential call-up option, but he'll have to pass through waivers first.
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