Rangers sign goalie Dustin Tokarski to one-year deal

The search for the backup goalie may be over. The Rangers have inked Dustin Tokarski to a one-year deal. Tokarski is famous in New York, as he’s the guy Martin St. Louis beat with his overtime winner in 2014.

Tokarski has spent a bunch of time in the AHL over the past few seasons (only 7 NHL starts since 2015-2016), so it’s still entirely possible that Alex Georgiev wins the backup role. That said, Tokarski is both insurance for the backup position, and also could be AHL depth.

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37 thoughts on “Rangers sign goalie Dustin Tokarski to one-year deal

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Why not a PTO? Not like teams were clamoring for his services.
    That said, just a spare goalie and insurance policy. Not a bad move.

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      He’s been basically an AHL tender the last few years and is not your typical PTO guy. He’s likely good enough to play and looking for any one of the 62 NHL and AHL teams to sign him. Surely, at the least, he could have found an AHL team to sign him, so he would not have opted for a PTO. Better a real job than a tryout.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Good thing we took a goalie in the 2nd round

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      A 1 year deal has exactly what to do with this summers draft?

      • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm

        Taking Lindbom in round 2 with McCleod and Wilde there was bad drafting….Why take a Goalie there if you can re sign Pav or if you knew they were gonna sign Dustin?….We already have young Goalies in the system

        • Aug 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

          Pav and Tokarski are likely done in the NHL by the time any pick taken in this years draft has an impact on an NHL team.
          How can signing a backup (best case, more likely AHL bound) goaltender invalidate a pick taken this summer? Goalies are usually 23-24 when they make their NHL debuts.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I’m fine with this signing. Obviously Allaire saw something otherwise he would not be here.

    He had a pretty good few games against us in the 2014 ECF. I also saw him play live vs the Ducks and Kings. I thought he was decent. I get his services are not being coveted around the league, but I think he’s a good reclamation project.

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Allaire should not be allowed anywhere near player personal decisions

      • Aug 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        I would argue with this statement but you just seem like a person that doesn’t care about evidence if you were willing to make it in the first place.

        • Aug 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm

          Antoine LaFleur 2nd round pick in 2008 was at the request and vouching of Benoit Allaire….LaFleur still has not played 1 NHL game…Benoit is a good goalie coach….but not a good talent evaluator

          • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

            2007 draft I should have said

          • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

            Yes, you’re right. If someone ever makes a mistake it means they are not knowledgeable or incapable. It means you should discount their opinion and never trust them again. It means they have no ability to improve their decision-making and it means they do not have the ability to learn from the past. It also means that any success they have in that area should also be immediately and irrationally discounted.

            • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

              Allaire is a Goalie Coach…he is not a scout…I never said he is not knowledgeable…Just no business evaluating young talent

          • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

            I think you’re being a bit unfair. Can you name 1 coach or scout who’s every pick in the second round made it to the NHL? Probably not.

            Misfiring on draft picks is part of talent evaluation. Every team misfires sometimes. It does not disqualify someone from having a say. I think he liked Henrik, Talbot, and Raanta as 3 examples of his success. Who finds talent from U of Alabama-Huntsville? Answer Benoit Allaire.

            On your side you can say Pavelec was a fail too, but he had a decent run on a not so great team until he got hurt. I’ll also agree we should have done something different with #39 this year, but that’s on Gorton.

            I guess there is Georgiev too. I imagine Gorton asked Allaire what he thought? He probably also had some input in Shestyorkin?

            • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm

              Im not talking overall draft picks…Ill try this again….Benoit should not be part of player selection discussions…He is the Goalie Coach…Pav did fine this year once he got going…thanks to Benoit…Raanta, Cam , Georgiev also did good with us because of Benoit….#39 is on Gordie since he calls the draft shots….Henrik was drafted before Allaire got here….Cam sucks now out in Edmonton…Then there is Lafleur who Allaire is 100% responsible for drafting….I am not sure if he had input on Halverson, Huska, Shesty

              • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm

                We let Tom Renney pick players too…2003 1st round greatest round in NHL draft history and Renney took you know Hugh

              • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:47 pm

                I hate to disappoint you, but coaches also have some say in personnel decisions. Even the goalie coach. Coaches coach but they also talk to GM’s about personnel too. It’s just part of the process…

            • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:55 pm

              Aren’t like 90% of draft picks misfires? Honestly, the NHL draft seems to be the most surefire gamble of any draft.

              • Aug 20, 2018 at 6:07 pm

                Yep and we are very adept at missing in the draft!

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Considering that Georgiev has played more NHL games than Tokarski in the last three years (and better), this doesn’t give us a new backup, just creates competition. In fact, Tokarski has only three more career games than Mazanec. Even if Georgiev falls flat, Tokarski might not win the job.

    One interesting result is that this move seems to bump both Nell and Halverson to the ECHL. I suspect the Rangers don’t expect anything from either of those two and this is good news for Hartford. Before this signing, an injury to a top three tender would have doomed the Pack to awful goaltending (with the other two in NY). Not a good way to develop young defensemen.

    I like the move.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    The cup is ours!

    Had to do that since Tony had not said it yet! ?

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    All kidding aside, it seems like a depth move. He is likely destined to the AHL.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I guess Halverson…another 2nd round pick…is not panning out

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I would assume he has a ticket punched for Hartford.

    Have not been on in a while – the “thumbs” are gone again? Has this crowd proved to be to too immature for thumbing????

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      I think Halverson finished last season in the ECHL….I can think of 1 person at least thats immature

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Thumbs are not actually gone Swarty. My experience is that when I first get a screen, there are no thumbs AND clicking on Reply does not let me reply to that comment. After a while, I get thumbs and the ability to reply. Then, after replying, thumbs disappear again for a while.

      Thought it was just me.

      • Aug 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

        I get a very slow loading page

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      It’s there, just slow. Don’t know why.

      • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        And so they have appeared –

        This must be some deep state conspiracy to undermine reactionary knee jerk “thumbing” …..:)

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Reminds me of a mediocre veteran QB brought in to battle the young unheralded prospect for a back-up quarterback position. Let the pre-season Georgiev/Tokarski battle begin. Pretty sure the Montreal playoff run will be Tokarski’s career zenith.

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Al I know is that there should be a undefeated pre season for the Rangers this year.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I would of resigned Pav before this move

    • Aug 21, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Maybe you would have….Maybe the Rangers asked if he wanted to compete for backup spot, and inside the clubhouse the expectation is for Georgie to win the battle.

      AND Maybe Pav’s said thanks but no thanks.

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    This move says more about Georgiev’s role next season that Tokarski’s. Management is clearly comfortable with Georgiev as the 2. Bringing in Tokarski seems necessary just to instill some level of competition for the spot.

    • Aug 20, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      I dont see how…he has bounced around the AHL last 3 years….Would of just kept Pav

  • Aug 20, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    I’m disappointed.

    This news has been out awhile and I haven’t seen a single comment tell me how this is another indication that Hayes will be resigned in January.

  • Aug 21, 2018 at 6:43 am


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