Habs Send Tokarski to Ducks; Acquire Friberg

The Canadiens announced that they have dealt goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for winger Max Friberg. It’s not quite the deal fans were asking for, especially after what went down yesterday with the Flyers/Kings as well as the Blue Jackets/Predators, but it indicates that Marc Bergevin is working the phones.

With Mike Condon winning the back up role out of training camp and the deal that brought Ben Scrivens to the bleu, blanc et rouge, the team’s depth between the pipes got a bit crowded and a move was inevitable. Tokarski deserves a chance to go somewhere else and the Habs are giving him just that. When Carey Price returns from injury, another decision will have to be made but until then, Zach Fucale and Eddie Pasquale (on an AHL deal) can handle the workload in the minors.

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Photo: NHL

Tokarski, 26, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 5th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Canadiens acquired him back on February 14th, 2013 for Cédrick Desjardins. He split time between the NHL and AHL during his years with the team. The most notable performances for the Saskatchewan native were in the playoffs against the New York Rangers in 2014 when he was chosen over Peter Budaj to go in for the injured Price. Tokarski posted a 2.60 GAA and .916 save percentage in 5 games. This season, Tokarski appeared in 10 games for the IceCaps where he had a 2.84 GAA and .909 save percentage and with the Habs, the goaltender recorded a 3.18 GAA and .878 save percentage over the course of 6 games.

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Photo: NHL

Friberg, 23, was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The strong and speedy winger has only suited up for 6 NHL games in his career, registering 2PIM and a -1 rating. In the minors, Friberg has a total of 98 points in 163 games, with 17 of them coming this season in 25 contests. The young Swede was also wearing an ‘A’ for the Gulls this year. Internationally, Friberg played for Sweden’s gold medal team at the World Juniors back in 2012. He had 11 points in 6 games, 9 of them being goals that awarded him with the most in the tournament. He also was named to the tournament All-Star team and a Top 3 Player of the championship for Sweden.

Friberg was assigned to the IceCaps. He’s making $575, 000 in the NHL this season and $600, 000 in 2016-2017. He has a two-way contract.

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