Montreal Canadiens flip G Dustin Tokarski to Anaheim Ducks for prospect
The Montreal Canadiens seem to be more secure in their goaltending corps now, as they flipped former backup goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks Thursday in exchange for the rights to 23-year-old left wing Max Friberg.
Tokarski served as the Canadiens backup last season, but goaltender Mike Condon beat Tokarski out for the job in training camp this season. Condon and Tokarski later shared goaltending duties when starter Carey Price went down with an injury, but after a series of poor netminding performances, the Canadiens traded for goaltender Ben Scrivens on Dec. 28. Tokarski was sent down to the AHL following the move.
Price is slated to return to the Canadiens in the coming weeks, meaning either Condon or Scrivens will likely be sent down to the AHL following his return and thereby causes a log-jam of goaltenders on the depth charts. So Tokarski will head west while the Canadiens welcome in a new forward prospect.
Friberg, a left wing out of Sweden, is in his fourth year of North American hockey. He has largely played in the AHL this season, where he has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 25 games for the San Diego Gulls. Friberg played in five games for the Ducks so far this season and does not have any points.