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Habs re-sign G Budaj: Two years, $2.8 million

Apr 10, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens announced they re-signed backup goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year deal.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal has an average annual value of $1.4 million.

Budaj, 30, joined the Canadiens in 2011 after spending the first six season of his career with the Avalanche organization.

The Slovak netminder had an average first year with the Habs — 5-7-5, .912 save percentage, 2.55 GAA — but has been one of the league’s best backups this season.

Providing solid relief for No. 1 Carey Price, Budaj has gone 6-1-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.28 GAA. He also recorded his first shutout as a Canadien — a 19-save effort against Carolina in February.

In a related story, Budaj will start for Montreal on Thursday when it takes on the Sabres in Buffalo.

  1. makemulletsmandatory - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    YO Mr. Halford. Budaj is a Slovak, not a Czech.
    To be frank, he’s a Czechoslovakian, but we say Russians to Russians and Ukrainians to Ukrainians, not Soviets anymore.

    ANyways, good news for the Habs, Budaj have been solid.

  2. kellanmarr - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    A .912 save percentage was an average year last year, but a .912 save percentage is a solid year this year? I guess a goalie’s “success” really does depend on how well his team scores at the other end.

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