February 14, 2013
NHL notes: Canadiens, Lightning swap goalies Dustin Tokarski, Cedrick Desjardins
By QMI Agency

Lightning forward Martin St Louis collides with goaltender Dustin Tokarski at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., March 8, 2012. (LARRY DOWNING/Reuters)

Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins is heading to familiar territory after being traded Thursday by the Montreal Canadiens for fellow netminder Dustin Tokarski.

Desjardins returns to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he won his only two NHL appearances during the 2010-11 season.

Desjardins was 7-13-2 with a 2.94 GAA in 22 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL this season.

Tokarski has played seven NHL games during his career, sporting a record of 1-3-1 with a 3.54 GAA.

Tokarski, 23, has played 33 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch since the start of the 2012-13 season, and posted a 2.46 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. The Saskatchewan native had been with the Tampa Bay organization since being picked in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL draft.

BIG JUMP IN NHL TICKET PRICES


NHL fans are shelling out more for tickets during a season scaled back by a labour dispute, according to a report.

And Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing research firm, says that NHL teams have implemented a larger ticket percentage increase than the NFL and NBA for the second straight season.

The firm found that season-ticket prices for all 30 NHL teams rose 5.7% to $61.01, based on the average price for non-premium seats. The NBA's average ticket increased 3.5% to $50.99 and the NFL's rose 2.5% to $78.38.

The company will not release the 2013 MLB ticket average until the start of the season.

In the previous season, the NHL raised prices by 4.8%, while the NBA (1.7%), NFL (1.2%) and MLB (1.2% for 2011 season) had lower increases.

The higher prices haven't hurt sales as the NHL had an average attendance of 17,652, or 1.1% more than last season's average of 17,455 through Feb. 12, according to the report.

BRIEFLY: New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus had wrist surgery Thursday and will be out 4-6 weeks. Zubrus was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after missing the past four games ... The Calgary Flames have recalled centre Roman Horak from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat after Paul Byron suffered a fractured left hand against the Stars on Wednesday ... The Carolina Hurricanes were without defenceman Joni Pitkanen for Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he is also expected to miss several days after leaving Tuesday's 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils with an injury ... Florida Panthers winger Kris Versteeg is nursing an upper-body injury and did not play against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

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