Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
36-Year-Old GoalieG
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
When Jonathan Quick got hurt two seasons ago, Budaj stepped in and produced excellent numbers, finishing with a GAA of 2.12 in 53 games. But last year in Tampa Bay, Budaj never got a chance behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, appearing in just eight games and not looking good in the process. He finished with a GAA of 3.77 and an .897 save percentage, which led to the Lightning sending him back to Los Angeles. However, at this point, the Kings might want to look at 26-year-old Jack Campbell as Quick's backup rather than the 35-year-old Budaj. After being waived for the purpose of reassignment in the minors, it appears he will spend the year in the minors. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract extension with the Lightning in June of 2017.
Hangs it up
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
April 16, 2019
Budaj will call it a career following the end of AHL Ontario's 2018-19 campaign.
ANALYSIS
Budaj saw action in 368 NHL games over the course of his 13-year career, in which he posted a 158-132-40 record with 18 shutouts and a .904 save percentage. The veteran netminder saw his spot as the No. 2 in Los Angeles taken over by Jack Campbell and instead spent the bulk of his final year playing with AHL Ontario. Drafted by the Avalanche with the 63rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Slovak spent six years in Colorado before playing for Montreal, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.
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How many 30-win backups exist in the NHL? Budaj picked up the starter's reins in L.A. when Jonathan Quick went down last season and never looked back, delivering a 27-20-3 record, 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage. He arrived in Tampa in February in a deal that sent Ben Bishop west and quickly slipped back into a support role, which is where Budaj will play in 2017-18. His stats weren't as strong in his new home (the Bolts weren't nearly as good defensively as the Kings), but Budaj did win three more times after he arrived. He should be a strong source of support and mentor for young starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. We expect about 25-30 starts behind an improved blue line, so consider Budaj for spot starts in daily formats. Otherwise, he's not a guy who should be on many fantasy rosters.
Budaj served another season as a capable backup to Carey Price, posting a save percentage north of .900 for the third consecutive season. While Budaj has been good for Montreal, it's worth noting that coach Michel Therrien went with an untested rookie, Dustin Tokarski, when Price went down with an injury in the post-season. Budaj has one more year remaining on his contract and will continue to be the team's No. 2 goalie, but Budaj's role will not grow any more than that.
Budaj was the Canadiens' backup goalie in 2012-13 and finished the season with a 2.29 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. It's been a good two-year run in Montreal for Budaj, who earned a two-year extension to be with the team through the 2014-15 season. Neither he nor the team holds high expectations. He needs to give Montreal quality back-up play which would allow head coach Michel Therrien to rest Carey Price 25 times.
Budaj has one year remaining on his contract as Carey Price's backup. The veteran backstop played in just 17 games last season, posting a 5-7-5 record with a goals-against average of 2.55. He's worth remembering as a handcuff to Price in deeper leagues and a spot start in daily leagues provided it's a good matchup. Given Montreal's inability to regularly score, as well as some spotty defending, Budaj is the most reliable of NHL backups to stash away in most leagues.
Budaj joins the Canadiens after six seasons in Colorado, where he served as both the lead goalie and backup at various times. He won’t be asked to do much more with the Habs than back up Carey Price and give him a break 20-25 times a year. He’s better than the 3.20 GAA he posted in 2010-11 and should show us better numbers with a better defensive team.
Budaj, who was criticized for his play two seasons ago when he was the Avs' starter, was much better last year as Craig Anderson's backup. Budaj played in only 15 games, but his record was 5-5-2 and his regular season numbers (2.64 GAA, .917 SV%) were nearly identical to Anderson's. He will return to the No. 2 role next season and therefore has fantasy value in only very deep leagues.
It was painful at times last season, watching Budaj play "hot potato" with Andrew Raycroft for the role of No. 1 goalie for the Avs. Budaj would play brilliantly for stretches at a time last year, then suddenly resemble a sieve for three or four games, forcing the coaching staff to go with Raycroft, who would turn around and do much the same thing. Eventually, this inconsistent play by Budaj made everyone around him realize that, though not quite good enough to be a #1 stopper, he would probably be fine as a #2. Thus at season's end, the Avs dispatched Raycroft and went out and signed Craig Anderson who looks to be a true #1 starter in the making. Unless Anderson completely blows a wheel this year, Budaj will not see nearly as much ice time as he has in past seasons. Draft only in the deepest of leagues.
The Avs were counting on a full season with Jose Theodore as their No. 1 stopper this year, with Budaj as the backup. However, Budaj more or less inherited the job by default when Theodore opted to walk away in the offseason via free agency and join the Washington Capitals. So now, with only the mediocre Andrew Raycroft pushing him for ice time, the job is Budaj's to lose. Trouble is, he's been in this situation before, and he's always managed to play his way out of the starting gig due to his inconsistent play. Come February, the Avs won't hesitate to swing a deal for a more dependable starting goalie if they feel they are in the playoff hunt. Buyer beware.
Budaj will open the 2007-08 season as the No. 1 goalie, having outplayed the more expensive Jose Theodore last season.
Budaj opens 2006-07 as the backup to Jose Theodore. Theodore's grip on the position, however, is tenuous. Budaj is an interesting speculative pick for all owners, and a very good pick as insurance if you own Theodore. As a rookie in 2005-06, Budaj was 14-10 with a 2.86 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
Budaj will likely be the second goalie this year, backing up David Aebischer.
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Sent packing Tuesday
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
November 27, 2018
Budaj was demoted to AHL Ontario on Tuesday, per the AHL transactions page.
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Allows goal in relief
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
November 22, 2018
Budaj stopped two of three shots in relief during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Avalanche.
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Ready for backup duty
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
November 16, 2018
Budaj (illness) will serve as the backup goalie for Friday's game versus the Blackhawks, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Questionable against Blackhawks
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
Illness
November 16, 2018
Budaj is under the weather and could miss Friday's clash with Chicago, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
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Lit up by Toronto
GLos Angeles Kings  Free Agent
November 13, 2018
Budaj allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
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