Veteran Budaj Signs One-Year Extension With Kings
33-year old goaltender Peter Budaj has signed a one-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, the club announced on Wednesday.
Budaj originally joined the Kings organisation last summer, signing as an unrestricted free agent following four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens organisation.
Drafted in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado, Budaj spent nine seasons with the Avalanche, including a stint as the club’s starter, before joining Montreal in 2011. The Slovak stopper developed a reputation as a reliable backup goaltender, providing a perfect partner to Canadiens’ number one Carey Price during their time working together, but lost his place to Dustin Tokarski at the beginning of the 2014/2015 season.
Budaj has spent most of this season with the AHL Ontario Reign, where he has gone 30-10-3 with an impressive .934 save percentage and 1.60 goals-against average, securing one shut out. In his lone appearance for the Kings this season, he allowed four goals on 28 shots against the New York Rangers, but picked up the victory courtesy of a Tanner Pearson overtime winner.
In 297 career NHL games, Budaj’s record stands at 125-107-36 with a .903 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average.