The Montreal Canadiens traded goaltender Dustin Tokarski to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Max Friberg on Thursday.
Tokarski, 26, has split the season between the Canadiens and St. John's of the American Hockey League. In six NHL games this season he is 1-3-0 with a 3.19 goals-against average and .878 save percentage.
He was the backup to Carey Price last season but Mike Condon beat him out for that job during training camp and Tokarski started the season in the AHL.
Price has been out since Nov. 25 because of a lower-body injury, the second time he has sustained the same injury this season, and a timeline for his return is not yet clear. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Monday that Price will not resume skating this week and that he doesn't know when that will happen.
The Canadiens announced Price would be out for a minimum of six weeks Nov. 30; Monday will mark six weeks from that statement.
Trading Tokarski means that if either Condon or Scrivens were to get injured before Price returns, the Canadiens would have to call up prized goaltending prospect Zachary Fucale from St. John's. Fucale was called up Nov. 30 and was Condon's backup for three games while Tokarski got some starts with St. John's. Fucale was sent down Dec. 6 without seeing any action and has yet to appear in an NHL game.
St. John's recalled goaltender Edward Pasquale from Brampton of the ECHL on Monday following the trade.
In parts of three seasons with the Canadiens, Tokarski went 9-13-4 with a 2.71 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 26 regular season games. He also played five games during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, going 2-3-0 with a 2.60 GAA and .916 save percentage.
The Ducks could be in need of goaltending depth. Goalie John Gibson sustained a lower-body injury during the third period of a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. It's unknown if he might miss any time. Frederik Andersen replaced Gibson on Wednesday.
Friberg, 23, had one shot on goal and a minus-1 rating in five games with the Ducks earlier this season. A fifth-round pick (No. 143) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Friberg had five goals and 17 points this season in 25 games with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL. The Canadiens announced Friberg will play for St. John's.