Dell, 32, compiled a 0-0-1 record with a 5.57 goals-against average and an .838 save percentage in 65 minutes played over two preseason games.
In Tuesday’s 5-4 road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Dell relieved Tokarski, allowing three goals in 35 minutes of game action and four goals in a nine-round shootout.
Tokarski, 32, has enjoyed a terrific training camp, registering a 1-0-0 mark with a 1.46 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage in 82 minutes over two games.
After a strong debut last week, he appeared poised to win the backup job behind Anderson.
Tokarski played 13 games for the Sabres last season, his first NHL appearances since a relief stint early in the 2016-17 season. On April 15, he won his first big league game since Dec. 12, 2015, a win he dedicated to his late father, Mark. On April 19, he earned NHL First Star of the Week honors.
Overall, Tokarski compiled a 2-8-2 record with a 3.54 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
The Sabres, of course, could use the waiver wire or make a trade to add another goalie.
If Dell clears waivers, he could be assigned to the Rochester Americans. Dell signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 in the NHL and $350,000 in the AHL. Other than a one-game stint last season, he hasn’t played in the minors since 2015-16.
In other news, the Sabres this afternoon also waived defenseman Jimmy Schuldt, according to reports.