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Peter Budaj | Goalie | #31

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (33) / 9/18/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 191
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 2 (63) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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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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Peter Budaj has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Budaj can earn $575,000 in the NHL or $100,000 at the AHL level. He's been placed on waivers, presumably so that he can start the season in the minors.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 01:18:00 PM

Peter Budaj has been assigned to AHL Ontario's training camp.

Budaj had been attending the Kings' camp on a tryout basis. If he does sign with Los Angeles, he'll start the season in the minors.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 06:57:00 PM

Peter Budaj will attend Los Angeles' training camp on a professional tryout.

The Kings signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $1.25 million deal on the first day of free agency. The presence of Budaj will create some competition for the backup role behind Jonathan Quick. Still, it will be difficult for him to wrestle the position away from Enroth. Budaj appeared in 19 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps last season, where he had a 3.55 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. Prior to that, he played three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 07:03:00 PM

Winnipeg Jets' No. 3 goalie Peter Budaj had a scare, but it looks like he'll only need stitches after a puck managed to cut his forehead.

He's only considered day-to-day. Budaj doesn't carry much value unless there are some serious trades/injuries in Winnipeg, and even then it wouldn't be a situation for anything but the deepest fantasy leagues. It's been a tough time for Montreal's former backup.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Peter Budaj's right hand was injured Friday night, blood was seen on the ice as well.

He would return to the bench after receiving treatment for the injury. No word of the type or extent of the injury, yet. We'll keep you posted.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Peter Budaj went unclaimed on waivers.

Budaj will start the season in the minors as a result. The Jets acquired him from Montreal so that he could provide them with some organizational depth.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 12:17:00 PM

Peter Budaj has been placed on waivers by Winnipeg.

This is certainly an odd move after the Jets acquired Budaj from Montreal on Sunday. If he clears, and that's certainly not a given, then he will head to the minors for some insurance depth. Michael Hutchinson will be Ondrej Pavelec's backup entering the season.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 12:56:00 PM

The Winnipeg Jets acquired goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Patrick Holland from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Eric Tangradi.

With Carey Price and Dustin Tokarski in goal, Budaj was the odd man out in Montreal. The 32-year-old is nothing more than a backup at this point.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 12:51:00 PM

Peter Budaj says he’s not losing any sleep because of the battle for the Montreal Canadiens’ backup goalie job.

Budaj has been Montreal’s backup for the last three seasons, but has some legit competition in the form of Dustin Tokarski this year. After Carey Price was injured during last year’s playoffs, the Habs decided to start Tokarski over Budaj. "It’s not my decision," said Budaj. "I just work hard and do my best." Tokarski is younger and makes less money, but Budaj has a one-way contract. Either one of these two goaltenders would have to clear waivers in order to go to the AHL. Montreal may just start the season with three goaltenders on their roster.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 08:30:00 AM

Peter Budaj will have to contend with Dustin Tokarski at training camp, as they both vie for Montreal's backup goalie job.

Both of them require waivers to be sent down and GM Marc Bergevin has already suggested that the Canadiens will carry three goaltenders entering the season. Budaj was passed over by Tokarski for starts in the playoffs when Carey Price was injured, but he's been a decent backup for the club for the past three seasons.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Carey Price had some very nice things to say about Montreal back up goalie Peter Budaj Saturday as the Canadiens cleaned out their lockers at their training facility.

Price told reporters that Budaj's attitude and support during the playoffs was exceptional. "Peter is one of the genuinely nicest human beings I've ever met," Price said. "He’s an unbelievable back-up. He's a really good friend of mine. He's one of the best friends I have on this team. He showed a lot of character. He never hung his head. He never pouted. And he showed the utmost support for everybody including Dustin [Tolarski]. It takes a special person to do that." That's all nice, but it doesn't mean he will be back in Montreal next season despite having a year left on his current contract.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Peter Budaj hopes to be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

"I have one year left in my contract and I hope to play here," he said. Budaj stayed stapled to the bench during the playoffs even though number one netminder Carey Price wasn't able to play due to injury. Montreal chose to ride Dustin Tokarski instead and he played brilliantly while Price was sidelined. Budaj has been a decent backup for the Canadiens over the past three seasons, but the revelation of Tokarski could make the team reassess the situation.
Sat, May 31, 2014 01:45:00 PM

Peter Budaj may have been disappointed about not starting in Game 2 against New York, but he helped get Dustin Tokarski ready for his playoff debut on Monday night.

"He supported me all day," said Tokarski after he made 27 saves in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. The Canadiens decided to give Tokarski a look because he has enjoyed success in big moments before throughout his career at the junior and minor-league levels. Budaj also hasn't enjoyed much success at the NHL level during the postseason, with an .843 save percentage and a 5.13 goals-against average in seven appearances. It's unclear who will get the start for Montreal in Game 3 on Thursday.
Tue, May 20, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Peter Budaj stopped only five of eight shots directed his way in the third period Saturday.

Budaj replaced Carey Price to start the third period in the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final with the Habs trailing 4-1. Budaj could not stop the onslaught as the Rangers eventually won 7-2. Game 2 will be on Monday and unless Price is hurt, he will get the start in goal for Montreal.
Sun, May 18, 2014 09:22:00 AM

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