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Montreal/Tampa Bay Trade

MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the acquisition of goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Tampa Bay Lightning, in return for goaltender Cédrick Desjardins.

Tokarski, 23, played 33 games with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) since the start of the 2012-13 season posting a record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 4 overtime losses along with a 2.46 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski had been part of the Tampa Bay organization since he was drafted in the fifth round, 122nd overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs, Tokarski suited up for the Lightning’s AHL affiliate team in Norfolk from 2009 through 2012, minding the net in 146 games and posting a 80-56-7 record along with a 2.33 GAA. He won the Calder Cup with Norfolk in 2011-12.

The 5’11’’, 198 lbs netminder played 7 games at the NHL level, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning, earning 1 win, 3 losses and 1 overtime loss.

Desjardins had been a member of the Montreal Canadiens organization from 2006 to 2010 before returning to the Canadiens on July 1, 2012 as a free agent. In 2012-13 with the club’s affiliate in Hamilton, Desjardins had a record of 7 wins, 13 losses and 2 overtime losses with a 2.94 goals against average.

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BrendonTO's avatar

Looks like he’s starting to correct the missteps of the Gainey/Gauthier era - nothing like an organization essentially back-tracking on a trade.

Posted by BrendonTO on 02/14/13 at 04:05 PM ET

Primis's avatar

What an incredibly-confusing situation.  So this undoes the February trade?  That wouldn’t be “undoing” the Gainey era then, that would be Bergevin undoing his own trade form months ago, no?

Desjardins is a very good goalie.  If you watched him against Grand Rapids in the Calder Finals you saw that.

I watched him come up through the ECHL when he played at Cincinnati.  Cincy had a one-two punch in net one year of Desjardins and Robert Mayer (who was also very good).  I think Desjardins was the Kelly Cup MVP the year the Cyclones won it.  Expected big things from both of them.

Posted by Primis on 09/26/13 at 01:40 PM ET

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