The Canadiens back end depth is something to write home about.Not only have the Canadiens stockpiled some of the NHL’s best defense, they also have terrific young talent at the goaltending positiion.
General manager Marc Bergevin announced a two year contract extension for Dustin Tokarski Saturday meaning the Canadiens will enter next season’s AHL season with Tokarski, junior graduate Zach Fucale and Mike Condon as their minor league goaltending depth.
Tokarski was a winning goaltender on a Hamilton hockey team that will not make the playoffs. He is 20-15-3 with one shutout, a 2.36 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He was in three games with the Canadiens with a 2-0-0 record and had that 2-0 shutout win in Buffalo. He would have been a restricted free agent in July.
Fucale will be graduating from the Halifax Mooseheads with one of the junior hockey’s best goaltending records. The Mooseheads just wrapped up their second round playoff series in five games . In nine playoff games so far, Fucale has a 1.73 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.
Condon, a Princeton University graduate, earned ECHL goaltender-of-the-week honours for the third time this season on April 6th. Playing for the Wheeling Nailers, he currently leads the ECHL with a .928 save percentage and has a club record-tying five shutouts and a 2.24 goals-against average. He has a three year Canadiens contract.
It is expected that Robert Mayer, who shared Hamilton goaltending duties with Tokarski this season, will be returning to his native Switzerland next season.
From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today a two-year contract extension for goaltender Dustin Tokarski (2014-15 to 2015-16).
In three games with the Canadiens in 2013-14, Tokarski registered a 2-0-0 record, including his first career win with the Canadiens, on March 5 at Anaheim. The 5’11’’and 195 lbs goaltender earned his first career shutout in the NHL, a 2-0 win on March 16 at Buffalo. He posted a 1.84 goals against average, and stopped 88 of the 93 shots he faced for a .946 save percentage. In 10 career regular-season games with Montreal and the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tokarski displays a 3-3-1 record, with a 2.93 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
Tokarski, 24, participated in 40 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs thus far this season, registering a 20-15-3 record, with one shutout. He shows a 2.36 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski was the Lightning’s third pick (fifth round, 122nd overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired from Tampa Bay for Cédrick Desjardins on February 14, 2013.