Goaltender Peter Budaj Traded To Los Angeles Kings

Peter Budaj
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Peter Budaj #31 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in goal against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings announced Wednesday afternoon that they have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Forward Andy Andreoff will be going to the Lightning in return.

In 159 games for the Kings, Andreoff posted 13 goals and 11 assists. He had 214 penalty minutes as well.

This will not be Budaj’s first stint with the Kings. He spent time with the Kings from 2015-17. With the Kings set with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell, Budaj is likely to spend time with the Ontario Reign and Cal Petersen.

Peter Budaj Heading Back To Los Angeles

Budaj spent the last season between the Lightning and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. In eight games with Tampa Bay, Budaj posted a 3-3-1 record, along with a .876 SV% and a 3.77 GAA. In two games with the Crunch, Budaj posted a 0-1-1 record with a 2.95 GAA and a .887 SV%.

Budaj suffered a lower-body injury in December that kept him out of the lineup for 22 games. His two games with the Crunch in March were part of a conditioning assignment. He was recalled to the Lightning on March 12th.

Budaj appeared in one game after being recalled. He came in relief against the Ottawa Senators the day following his recall. He faced four shots in the contest while giving up one goal.

Budaj was originally traded to Tampa Bay from the Kings during February of 2017. Along with Erik Cernak and two 2017 draft picks, Budaj was sent to the Lightning in exchange for Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in 2017.

During his time with the Kings, Budaj posted a 28-20-3 record in 54 games with the team. He recorded a .916 SV%, 2.15 GAA, and seven shutouts.

Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2001 NHL Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons. He has played for the Kings, Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and the Avalanche. He holds a career record of 158-131-40, a .904 SV%, a 2.69 GAA and 18 shutouts.

What This Mean For Budaj And The Kings

Bringing Budaj back to the organization adds more goaltending depth the team has available. Jonathan Quick still holds the reigns on the team’s starting position. Jack Campbell appears to be holding onto the backup role in Los Angeles.

With Cal Petersen having a hold on the starting role for the Reign, Budaj will likely see time as the backup for Ontario. Budaj appeared in 60 games with the Reign back in 2015-16. He posted a 42-14-4 record along with a 1.75 GAA, a .932 SV% and nine shutouts.

The Kings will not be on the hook for any of Budaj’s $1.025 cap hit when he is assigned to Ontario.

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