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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 made 22 saves on 24 shots in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
Budaj squared off against his former mates, the Los Angeles Kings, and won on Thursday night. The goalie made 22 saves en route to his first win of the season. Of course, Budaj had help with a four-goal cushion entering the second period. His record is now 1-1-1, with a goals-against average of 3.33 and a save percentage of .873. Nov 10 - 1:30 AM

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Peter Budaj is likely to start Thursday against Los Angeles.

Andrei Vasilevskiy was in goal for Wednesday's 5-1 win over San Jose and could get the night off, so that Budaj can play against his former team. He appeared in 53 games with the Kings in 2016-17 after Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff were injured. "They gave me a chance when nobody else would," Budaj said. "This will always be a special place for me." He has a 0-1-1 record in his previous two starts this season.
Nov 9 - 3:58 PM

Peter Budaj made 17 saves on 21 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.

This game won't help his goals-against-average. Budaj's record falls to 0-1-1 with goals against average of 4.00, on the nose. His save percentage is now .855 on the season.
Oct 28 - 10:38 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning will start Peter Budaj tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

It will be Budaj's second start of the season, losing his first in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils on October 17th. He has a 3.69 goals against average and .882 save percentage.
Oct 28 - 5:52 PM

Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 34 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils.

Budaj's first start of the season could have gone a little better. The Bolts found themselves down 3-2 going into the second period, but they went into the third with a 4-3 lead. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't lock the game down. Budaj will continue to serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy's backup goaltender, which means he won't carry any fantasy value this season.
Oct 17 - 10:54 PM

Peter Budaj will get the start against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night.

The veteran backup will make his first start of the season for Tampa, as the Bolts play the second game of a back-to-back. Budaj was 3-1-0 in six games for the Bolts after being traded from Los Angeles last season. Considering how his battery mate, Andrei Vasilevskiy, has fared to this point, Budaj will get his starts every now and then to give him some rest.
Oct 17 - 6:25 PM

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

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

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4Gabriel Dumont
5Cedric Paquette
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2Ondrej Palat
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4Chris Kunitz
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D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj