The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, have acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Tampa Bay Lightning, parent club of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, in exchange for goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Tokarski, 23, has played 33 games with the Crunch this season posting a record of 18-8-4 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .900 save percentage and three shutouts.
Last season with the Norfolk Admirals, Tokarski was 32-11-0 (2.23, .913) in 45 regular-season games and 12-2 (1.46, .944) in 14 playoff appearances as the Admirals captured the Calder Cup.
A native of Humboldt, Sask., Tokarski has a career record of 98-64-11 with 14 shutouts in 179 AHL games over four seasons. He has also appeared in seven National Hockey League games with the Lightning, showing a record of 1-3-1.
A Memorial Cup winner with Spokane in 2008 and a gold medalist with Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships, Tokarski was a fifth-round draft choice by Tampa Bay in 2008.
Desjardins, 27, was 7-13-2 with a 2.94 GAA, a .905 save percentage and two shutouts in 22 appearances with Hamilton this season.
A native of Edmundston, N.B., Desjardins has played 170 career AHL games with Hamilton, Lake Erie and Norfolk, with a record of 87-57-13 and 16 shutouts. He was named a Second Team AHL All-Star in 2010, and has made two career NHL appearances, winning both with the Lightning in 2010-11.