Dustin Tokarski

Dustin Tokarski

32-Year-Old GoalieG
Buffalo Sabres
IR-NR
Injury Covid-19
Est. Return 1/25/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dustin Tokarski in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $1.45 million contract with the Sabres in November of 2020.
Practicing Monday
GBuffalo Sabres
Not Injury Related
December 27, 2021
Tokarski (not injury related) was on the ice for Monday's practice session, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Tokarski has been sidelined since Nov. 29 after testing positive for COVID-19 and continues to work his way back into game fitness. Even if the netminder is ready to go versus New Jersey on Wednesday, he could find himself demoted to the reinstated taxi squad following the team's addition of Malcolm Subban.
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Once training camp opens, Tokarski, 28, will be locked in a three-way battle for the backup job behind the undisputed starter, Henrik Lundqvist. In a fantasy sense, best to steer clear of the Saskatchewan native, who is likely to split time between the NHL and AHL this upcoming season.
The Habs traded away Peter Budaj just prior to last season's opener, clearing room for Tokarski to serve as the backup to Carey Price. That role mostly left the young netminder carrying the eventual Vezina and Hart Trophy winner's mail, but you'd have to imagine that he learned a lot by watching the clinic Price put on all season long. On the rare occasions when Tokarski got in on the action, he mostly turned in mediocre results that didn't come close to the prior season's impressive playoff performances; as a result, he won just six of his 16 starts. Although he returns relatively unchallenged as Price's backup, he'll need to show some improvement this year. Tokarski will become a restricted free agent next offseason, so he'll need to motivate the Habs to either retain him or trade him to a team where can get a starting opportunity.
Tokarski's year began benignly enough as the starting goalie for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, but finished in the intensity of the NHL playoffs. He wasn't just wearing a baseball cap at the end of the bench - he started five games for Montreal after Carey Price was knocked out in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals. Tokarski held his own, as he always seems to do no matter where he plays. His short stature leads to questions about his long-term potnetial as a full-time starter, but he has performed adequately at every stop. Peter Budaj is around for another season, so we expect to see Tokarski back ar Hamilton this coming season.
Tokarski split time between the Tampa Bay and Montreal organizations, finishing up the season with the Canadians' affiliate in the AHL, the Hamilton Bulldogs. As goalies get bigger and bigger, Tokarski's 5-11 frame stands out. Despite his small stature, Tokarski has a big-game reputation and has won everywhere he's played. He's been the main backstop on Memorial Cup and Calder Cup champs. After coming over from Tampa Bay, Tokarski was stellar in 15 games for the last-place Bulldogs. The Canadiens are well aware that goaltending is a weakness organizationally. By adding Tokarski and drafting Zachary Fucale, Montreal has pieces in place for life after Carey Price.
Tokarski remains the supreme big-game goalie. He has heard he's too small, too this, too that, for probably all of his life. And all he has done is win EVERYWHERE he goes. Most recently, he carried the Norfolk Admirals to 2011-12 Calder Cup. Mathieu Garon is in the number two seat in Tampa, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Tokarski push him like mad in camp. It won't be long before he's in the NHL. And while most see him as a top-notch backup or platoon guy, we won't count anything out. He has Jack Russell syndrome ... you know, big dog in a little dog's body? We love that kind of guy.
Tokarski is a little goalie whose best skill could very well be his ability to ratchet up his game significantly in big games. He had an up and down 2010-11 but finished strong for the AHL Norfolk Admirals, almost single-handedly stealing the team's first round playoff series. That performance -- two steals including a shutout, a 2.19 goals against average and a .924 save percentage -- should make him Norfolk's number one guy in 2011-12. His NHL career won't come for a couple seasons now that Mathieu Garon has been signed for two years. But he'll be a good one when he gets to the Bolts.
Tokarski continues to defy expectations at every level and has emerged as one of the better netminding prospects in the game. He is quick, controlled and extremely focused, and his positioning is exceptional. It needs to be -- 5-11 butterfly goalies don't exactly fit the mold of a top-flight NHL netminder. But this kid is a big-game goalie who has won at every level and who's to say he can't carry that into the bigs. He'll split time with rising prospect Jaroslav Janus in the AHL this season so single-year leaguers should shy away. But keeper leaguers should have him on their minor rosters. The path to the net in Tampa Bay isn't all that long.
Tokarski is a small, unorthodox netminder who couldn't catch the eye of scouts to save his life. Even after earning Memorial Cup MVP in 2008, he sat until the fifth round before the Bolts scooped him up. He then won a gold medal for Team Canada at the World Juniors in 2009 with a masterful performance in the gold medal match and his stock started to rise. He's a big-game netminder who just needs to keep his rebounds under control to make it to the NHL. Keeper leaguers need to stash him now. He'll apprentice in the AHL this season.
Drafted in 2008, Tyrell was ranked as just the ninth best North American goalie in the draft but his numbers cannot be dismissed -- he was the Memorial Cup MVP with a 4-0 record, a 1.72 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. Add that to 30 wins in 45 contests, including six shutouts and just 10 regulation defeats, over the season. He doesn't fit the Lightning's typical big goalie profile (he's just 5-11 and 185 pounds), but he could turn out to be one of the better netminders in the 2008 draft class. Keep his name in your back pocket.
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Won't travel with team
GBuffalo Sabres
Covid-19
December 13, 2021
Tokarski (COVID-19 protocols) will stay back in Buffalo when the team heads out on a three-game road trip, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Lands on COVID-19 list
GBuffalo Sabres
Covid-19
December 2, 2021
Tokarski was placed in COVID-19 protocols Thursday.
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Good to go
GBuffalo Sabres
December 1, 2021
Tokarski (face) will be an option for Thursday's game versus Florida, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Hit with puck at practice
GBuffalo Sabres
Face
November 30, 2021
Tokarski was hit in the face with a puck at Tuesday's practice session and was being evaluated by the medical staff, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Yields half-dozen versus Kraken
GBuffalo Sabres
November 29, 2021
Tokarski allowed six goals on 31 shots in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Kraken. The seventh goal was an empty-netter.
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