Monday, August 19, 2013

Canadiens Sign Tokarski

On Monday, the Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a new 1-year deal, which was a two-way deal, financial numbers not released at the time.

Tokarski was acquired by the Canadiens last season for goaltender Cedrick Desjardins in a straight-up deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning and this is certainly a move for the future.  The Bolts were looking for a prospect goalie who was a little closer to being NHL-ready and they had to give up a prospect who was going to be ready down the line.

This new 1-year deal signifies that the Habs still want Tokarski in the mix and they will likely give him a chance in training camp, but with Peter Budaj already signed up for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, there is going to be no expectation of Tokarski actually making the big club.  I wouldn't say he'd never make it, because it would take one amazing camp and some outstanding preseason games and it could happen, but I don't think there is any rush there.

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