March 15, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dustin Tokarski (40) stops the puck during the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Sign Dustin Tokarski To One Year Contract


The Montreal Canadiens have inked goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one year, two way contract Monday. Tokarski will be handed the starters role in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Canadiens acquired Tokarski last February in a deal that sent veteran AHLer Cedrick Desjardins to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tokarski put up solid numbers for the Bulldogs after being acquired, with a 2.22 Goals Against Average and .927 Save Percentage, but he only managed a 6-8-0 record with a struggling and young Bulldogs squad.

Dustin has an impressive resume of winning thus far in his career, helping the Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup title in 2008, taking home Tournament MVP honors along the way, and was the starter for Team Canada in 2009, winning a World Junior Gold Medal. Tokarski also was the netminder for the Norfolk Admirals in 2012, and won a Calder Cup due to his strong play in the AHL playoffs.

Dustin does not have much NHL experience at this point, but at just 23 years of age, and being able to excel at every level during his career, he provides excellent insurance to the Canadiens in case of injury to Carey Price or Peter Budaj.

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