Ducks acquire goalie Dustin Tokarski from Habs

Trading Dustin Tokarski makes room for the eventual return of Carey Price. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

The Anaheim Ducks acquired goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Max Friberg on Thursday.

The move comes one day after Ducks goaltender John Gibson suffered a lower-body injury during a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gibson is listed as day to day. This also gives Anaheim depth for this season and beyond if the Ducks trade goalie Anton Khudobin, who was placed on waivers last month.

The move gives Montreal room at the AHL level to send down either Mike Condon or Ben Scrivens once Carey Price is cleared to play. It’s also an indication that Price’s injury is getting better because the organization likely wouldn’t trade goaltender depth if that weren’t the case.

Tokarski, 26, has a 10-12-5 record, a 2.85 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 33 NHL games in his career with the Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. He had been serving as Montreal’s backup to Condon, with Price sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Friberg, 23, has played in six NHL games for the Ducks in his career. He has five goals and 12 assists this season for the San Diego Gulls of the AHL.