One of them had to go.
When the Canadiens acquired goaltender Ben Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers two weeks ago it created a goaltending glut. Scrivens brought the total to six with only four openings available with the Canadiens and their St. John’s AHL affiliate. Along with Scrivens, the list included the injured Carey Price, Mike Condon, Dustin Tokarski, rookie Zach Fucale and veteran off-season free agent signing Eddie Pasquale.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin resolved the issue Thursday by sending Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks in return for left wing Max Friberg.
The very fact that Bergevin traded for Scrivens made it apparent that he had lost faith in Tokarski. Not only was his performance at St. John’s below par, when given an opportunity to restore himself in the eyes of the Canadiens coaching staff during the two Carey Price he showed an .878 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average in six games.
Ultimately, when Price returns later this month, Scrivens will be sent to St. John’s to join Fucale. Pasquale, who actually had the best numbers among the three goaltenders used by the IceCaps (5-1-2, .926SV%, 2.76GAA) will probably wind up back with the Brampton Beast of the ECHL for the fifth time this season. He was recalled from Brampton for the fourth time this season Thursday to replace Tokarski when St. John’s hosts the Portland Pirates Friday night at Mile One Centre.
In return the Canadiens get is Max Friberg who was taken by the Ducks in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
He has played in only six NHL games and has yet to score a point. With the Ducks-San Diego Gulls affiliate, the Swedish born Friberg has five goals and 12 assists in 25 games. The 5’11” 185lb. Friberg can play either wing. He played for Sweden in the 2011 World Junior Championship.
At this point in his development he is considered a marginal prospect at the age of 23. He is expected to report to St. John’s this weekend.