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Habs sign Tokarski to two-year extension

Apr 12, 2014, 11:09 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens have their goaltending depth chart set for the next couple years now.

The Habs announced they’ve signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a two-year extension. Details on the contract weren’t immediately available.

Tokarski has appeared in three games this season and is 2-0-0 with a .946 save percentage and a shutout win against the Buffalo Sabres on March 16.

The Canadiens have starting goalie Carey Price locked up through 2017-18 and have backup Peter Budaj signed through 2014-15. With Tokarski’s deal taking him through until the end of the 2015-16 season, it looks like the Canadiens have their man waiting in the wings to backup Price.

  1. packerswin96 - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Great signing, what a steal of a trade that was.

    • missthemexpos - Apr 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Pot may be legal in Colorado but Montreal has “The Toker”

  2. stcrowe - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I am guessing that Tokarski’s progress might cause Budaj to be offered up as a rental next March. To be fair, Budaj has been dependable, for the most part.

    Where does this leave Devan Dubnyk? I can’t see him bumping Budaj or Tokarski to back up Price, but I can’t imagine he sees himself as an AHL goalie.

    • thehabsnation - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Toker will probably be backing up Price after next season when Budaj’s deal is up.

      Dubnyk is just a stop gap Montreal will not resign him.

    • bsaures - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      Dubnyk was brought in for two reasons. They needed a extra goalie in the AHL in case PRices injury was serious and Tokarski was away from the team for a while and the second being to see if he was a reclamation project that may still have value. Given how he has played in Hamilton they may just let him walk.

  3. cjnbsc - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Beyond that the Habs also have Furcale as well finishing up his jr career soon.

    The Habs will probably let Budaj go after next year, with Tokarsi taking over until furcale is ready, unless an offer for Furcale comes along.

  4. djshnooks - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Wow, a shutout against the Buffalo Sabres? The team who has played 45 players, including dressing 9 different goalies…the last-ranked team in the league who was without their best players?

    Lol, wow…that’s something to be proud of!

    • bsaures - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      More shutouts than you bud

  5. pfhockey - Apr 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I have no idea why Stevie traded Dustin for Cedric….

    • bsaures - Apr 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      The reason he traded him was going into the 2012-2013 season Tampa no longer had Rolston and were banking on Lindback and Garon to keep them in it. They struggled heavily in the first month so they traded Tokarski who wasnt ready for the NHL yet for Desjardins a guy who had played a few games previously for tampa and looked good and were willing to roll the dice on him. It didnt work out either

      • pfhockey - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        True, but Tokarski’s upside was much better than trying to stay afloat. We could’ve gotten more for Dustin IMO.

  6. cjnbsc - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Tokarsi has done nothing but win his entire career from junior on up. I imagine at some point he will need and get his shot somewhere.

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