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Peter Budaj | Goalie | #31

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/18/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (63) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Peter Budaj has reportedly inked a two-year, $2.05 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Budaj started the 2016-17 campaign in the minors, but he soon found himself as the Kings' starting goaltender after the Kings lost Jonathan Quick. Quick missed most of the season, but Los Angeles traded Budaj to Tampa Bay on Feb. 26. Between the two teams, Budaj posted a 2.18 GAA and .915 save percentage in 60 contests. The Lightning will be looking at him as a backup, but given that Andrei Vasilevskiy is still fairly young, Budaj might end up with a fair amount of playing time in that role. Jun 19 - 4:48 PM

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have interest in re-signing Peter Budaj.

Budaj is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Lightning acquired him on Feb. 26 in the Ben Bishop deal. "We were very pleased with the finish to the season Peter had, we'd very muuch be interested in bringing him Peter back," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. "As the offseason winds down here, we get closer to July 1, we'll figure out what wer'e going to do for backup and goaltenders in Syracuse." Budaj ended up playing in 60 games last season, primarily due to the fact that the Kings lost Jonathan Quick for a large portion of 2017-18. If Budaj does sign with the Lightning, he will be projected to serve as the backup goaltender behind Andrei Vasilevskiy.
May 19 - 11:08 AM

Peter Budaj turned aside 23 of 26 shots in a 6-3 win over Dallas.

Budaj surrendered two goals on seven shots in the second frame, but the Lightning responded with a four-goal third period. He has a 30-21-3 record, 2.18 GAA, and .915 save percentage in 60 contests this season.
Apr 2 - 10:17 PM

Peter Budaj will start Sunday against Dallas.

The Lightning backup will get the nod after Andrei Vasilevskiy was between the pipes for a 2-1 overtime loss to Montreal on Saturday. Budaj has a 2-1-0 record with a 2.74 GAA and a .902 save percentage in six appearances with Tampa Bay since he was acquired from Los Angeles.
Apr 2 - 9:27 AM

Don't be shocked if Peter Budaj re-signs with Tampa after the season.

Budaj, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, has played well in three starts with Tampa and seems to be a perfect partner to starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. Bolts' coach Jon Coooper seems to like the Budak/Vasilevskiy tandem. "He's a veteran goalie and not afraid of these situations," said Cooper. "He's calm in net. He just exudes poise back there, and it's good for our team. You can put him in these situations and understand you're going to get a game from him." The Lightning would be looking to Budaj to start 25 games and mentor Vasilevskiy should he return to Tampa.
Mar 26 - 11:27 AM

Peter Budaj turned aside 28 of 31 shots in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

The Lightning trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but they eventually turned the game around by scoring four unanswered goals in the second and third periods. Budaj has now won each of his last two decisions, and he'll enter his next start with a 29-21-3 record. He currently owns a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. He isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 10:08 PM

Tampa Bay will go with Peter Budaj between the pipes on Thursday against the Bruins.

In three games thus far with the Lightning, the veteran netminder has gone 1-1 with seven goals against and an .897 save percentage. In 53 total games, including his time in Los Angels, he's posted a 28-21-3 record with a 2.15 GAA and a .916 SV%.
Mar 23 - 3:24 PM

Tampa Bay goalie Peter Budaj took advantage of a rare start Monday night by kicking away 26 shots en route to the Lightning's 3-2 triumph over the Rangers in New York.

Budaj was making only his second start in nine games. He was replacing first-stringer Andrei Vasilevskiy. Budaj is now 28-21-3, with a goals-against average of 2.15.
Mar 13 - 10:44 PM

Peter Budaj will play between the pipes on Monday.

Budaj is making just his second start in nine games. The Lightning seem content to lean heavily on Andrei Vasilevskiy, who has in turn rewarded them with some solid play lately, so Budaj probably won't get much more work for the rest of 2016-17.
Mar 13 - 11:05 AM

Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 34 shots in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Budaj was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last Sunday and tonight was his Lightning debut. It didn't go very well, but that was to be expected because of the strength of his opponent. In Budaj's defense, two of the four goals he allowed were scored while the Lightning were on the penalty kill. Budaj has a 27-21-3 record with a 2.16 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage. Expect Andrei Vasilevskiy to get most of the starts down the stretch.
Mar 3 - 10:34 PM

Peter Budaj will play between the pipes Friday night.

Budaj is getting his first start with Tampa Bay since being acquired from Los Angeles. He has a 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage in 53 games this season.
Mar 3 - 11:28 AM

Peter Budaj has been traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

He was sent to the Lightning in the deal that landed Los Angeles Ben Bishop. Tampa Bay also sent a fifth rounder in 2017 to the Kings, while Lightning got prospect Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in 2017 and a conditional selection in 2017. Budaj did a great job filling in for Jonathan Quick this season, while he recovered from a groin injury. He will serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy's backup for the rest of the season.
Feb 26 - 7:25 PM

Peter Budaj allowed two goals on 23 shots in the Kings 4-1 loss to Boston on Thursday.

The Kings have lost 4-of-5 but Budaj has played better of late, allowing just three goals in the last two games. Budaj has been one of the best stories of the season with 27 wins, 2.12 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 51 games. The Kings will need even more him as they battle for a wild card spot down the stretch.
Feb 24 - 3:27 AM

Peter Budaj will be in net against the Bruins on Thursday.

It's been a rough month for the veteran netminder. He's posted a 4-5 record with 21 goals against despite a pair of shutouts, he also carries a .902 save percentage and a 2.43 save percentage.
Feb 23 - 6:09 PM

Peter Budaj faced 25 shots and blocked all but one as the King beat the Avalanche 2-1 Tuesday night.

Budaj needed this victory. He entered the contest with a record of 1-5-0 and a save percentage of .867 in his last six games. In that span, he has given up an average of 3.3 goals per game, which included a three-goal win over the Panthers February 9.
Feb 21 - 11:34 PM

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4Jake Dotchin
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G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj