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Peter Budaj | Goalie | #31

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/18/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 192
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (63) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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After Jeff Zatkoff went down with an injury in practice, Peter Budaj will be the Kings' netminder against the Canucks on Saturday night.
Budaj has turned away 26 of 29 combined shots in two games so far this season, but has never been a steady netminder. Say what you will about Vancouver, but you're probably still better off seeking a more favorable matchup tonight. Oct 22 - 4:37 PM

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Peter Budaj stopped 17 of 20 shots in Los Angeles' 4-3 OT win over the Dallas Stars.

After a couple of ugly outings from Jeff Zatkoff, the Kings decided to turn to Budaj and it worked, as he helped the team pick up their first win of the season. Los Angeles never trailed in this game, but they still needed overtime to get the job done. Budaj's stat line wasn't fantastic tonight, but with Zatkoff struggling, he might get the start in their next game. Neither one of the Kings goalies will be a reliable fantasy option going forward.
Oct 21 - 12:18 AM

Peter Budaj will start for the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Budaj is making his first start since being called up to help in Jonathan Quick's (groin) absence. Quick is likely to be gone for at least three months, so Budaj and Jeff Zatkoff have a lot of work ahead of them. Thus far the Kings have leaned on Zatkoff, but he's struggled so far, so Budaj might end up getting used with more regularity going forward.
Oct 20 - 2:41 PM

Although Peter Budaj hasn't gotten a start yet in Jonathan Quick's (groin) absence, he might start getting used with some regularity.

The Kings were initially leaning on Jeff Zatkoff, but that hasn't produced positive results so now Los Angeles might split the goalie duties more evenly. It will be telling to see what the Kings do over the next four games in particular because they're well spread out, so Los Angeles won't need to split the goaltending duties over that span for fatigue reasons and consequently any starts Budaj get over that span would likely be for other reasons.
Oct 20 - 10:33 AM

The LA Kings have summoned Peter Budaj from AHL Ontario.

The 34-year-old veteran guided the Ontario Reign through 60 games last season, but he's played in just one NHL game since 2013-14. So despite what we may think of the Kings as a team, we wouldn't expect much from Budaj who is most likely to back up Jeff Zatkoff.
Oct 13 - 9:24 PM

The LA Kings have sent Peter Budaj to AHL Ontario.

The 34-year-old veteran saw the Reign through 60 games last season, so he's entrenched as their starter until further notice. Budaj has seen just one game of NHL action since 2013-14, so we wouldn't expect anything from him moving forward.
Oct 9 - 5:26 PM

Peter Budaj has successfully cleared waivers.

Rather than send Budaj to the AHL, the Kings are keeping him on their roster for now. This is probably just for the convenience of having an extra goalie around for their final two preseason games. Barring an injury, Budaj is expected to start the season in the minors.
Oct 5 - 4:56 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed Peter Budaj on waivers.

No real surprise there. Budaj is a veteran goalie that might be summoned in the event of an injury, but he was never expected to make the opening game roster. He had a 1.75 GAA and .932 save percentage in 60 AHL contests last season.
Oct 4 - 5:25 AM

Peter Budaj turned away 14 of 14 goals for the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. Tom McCullom gave up one goal on 13 shots en route to a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

It helps when the puck spends most of the night at the other end of the rink. The Kings outshot the Ducks 48-27 in the preseason rout and gave up the single point well into the third period when it no longer mattered.
Sep 29 - 1:43 AM

Peter Budaj has inked a one-year extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings didn't release the financial details of the contract, but this is presumably a two-way deal. Budaj has a 1.60 GAA and .934 save percentage in 43 AHL contests this season.
Mar 3 - 10:42 AM

Peter Budaj has been sent to the minors.

Budaj was originally called up because Jonathan Quick was dealing with an undisclosed injury, but Quick was able to return to the lineup on Tuesday. Consequently, Budaj's demotion was expected.
Feb 17 - 5:00 PM

Peter Budaj stopped 24 of 28 shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the New York Rangers.

Budaj gave up a goal in the first and third periods and two goals in the middle frame. It wasn't a pretty outing for him, but he still managed to pick up the win. This was Budaj's first win and appearance of the season. He has a 3.85 goals-against-average and a .857 save percentage.
Feb 12 - 10:10 PM

Peter Budaj will probably play between the pipes on Friday.

Budaj was the first goalie off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who will get the start. He was called up on an emergency basis because Jonathan Quick is dealing with an undisclosed injury. Budaj hasn't played for Los Angeles yet this season, but he had a 1.58 GAA and .935 save percentage in the minors.
Feb 12 - 11:52 AM

Peter Budaj has been called up on an emergency basis.

Budaj has a 1.58 GAA and .935 save percentage in 38 AHL contests this season. He's with the Kings now because Jonathan Quick is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.
Feb 11 - 6:22 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have sent Peter Budaj to the Ontario Reign of the AHL.

Budaj passed through waivers Saturday and was sent down. The nine year NHL veteran will provide insurance in net for the Kings should either Jonathan Quick or Jhonas Enroth suffer an injury.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 08:28:00 AM

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