|Assets:||Can perform well in big-game situations on occasion. Possesses a starter's mentality but has responsibly accepted his role as a backup.|
|Flaws:||Continously needs to focus on positioning, since he relies too heavily on his recuperative powers and reactions. Can often let in soft goals.|
|Career Potential:||Decent backup goaltender.|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2006-07|
|OHL||Second All-Star Team||2001-02|
|4/10/2013||Signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract extension.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a two-year contract.|
|6/03/2010||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|10/30/2009||Missed 4 games (flu).|
|6/29/2009||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|7/13/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche to a three-year contract.|
|8/16/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche.|
|7/28/2005||Colorado Avalanche tendered a qualifying offer.|
|9/15/2004||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|9/26/2002||Assigned to Hershey (AHL).|
|7/23/2002||Signed by the Colorado Avalanche.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|6/23/2001||Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round (63rd overall) in 2001.|
Peter Budaj thumped as Sens dump Habs | 05/09/2013 10:07 PM
NewsPeter Budaj was beaten six times on 29 shots Thursday as the Canadiens dropped a 6-1 decision to the Senators.
ImpactBudaj was forced into action due to the injury suffered by Carey Price and he was the victim of a woeful performance by the team around him. He'll enter next season as the primary backup to Price once again.
Peter Budaj will start pivotal Gm 5 for Habs | 05/09/2013 11:04 AM
NewsPeter Budaj will start for Montreal in Game 5 Thursday night.
ImpactThe Canadiens trail Ottawa 3-1 in their quarterfinal series and number one goalie Carey Price has been ruled out for the remainder of the series because of a lower-body injury. Budaj made his 2013 playoff debut in overtime Tuesday night and he allowed the winning goal to Kyle Turris.
Peter Budaj makes 16 saves in finale | 04/27/2013 10:28 PM
NewsPeter Budaj sticked away 16 shots in Montreal's 4-1 triumph over the Leafs on Saturday night.
ImpactCarey Price got the night off with Habs already in playoff position. Budaj likely won't be needed the rest of the way, but this was certainly a good confidence boost, regardless. The backup finishes with a 2.29 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.
Budaj gets the call against Leafs Saturday | 04/27/2013 12:35 PM
NewsUpdating an earlier item Peter Budaj will get the start against Toronto Saturday night.
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ImpactWell that is a big surprise. The Canadiens must be concerned about Price's confidence given he let in four goals in five shots agsainst Toronto April 13th. The Habs better win and hope the Bruins lose at least one of their games in regulation time because otherwise they will play Toronto in the first round of the playoffs and Price will have to face his demons without any buffer game to build his ego.
Peter Budaj will face Penguins Wednesday | 04/16/2013 8:05 PM
NewsPeter Budaj will be in Montreal's cage when the Canadiens play in Pittsburgh Wednesday night.
ImpactCarey Price has been pulled in his last two starts, so he'll get the night off to try to collect himself. Budaj has stopped 25 of 28 shots during his recent relief appearances.
Peter Budaj picks up another win | 04/11/2013 10:41 PM
NewsPeter Budaj stopped 14 of 15 shots in a 5-1 win Thursday night.
ImpactBudaj has now won seven straight games. Despite his strong play this season, he's never been a threat to take the starting job from Carey Price. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to see Budaj get no more than one additional start before the season ends.
Armed with extension Budaj will start Thurs. | 04/10/2013 2:05 PM
NewsPeter Budaj and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension.
ImpactHe was earning a pro-rated $1.2 million this year and will get a slight raise next season to $1.4 million. Budaj has posted a 6-1-1 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.28 GAA this season. Coach Michel Therrien also announced that Budaj will start Thursday's game at Buffalo.
Peter Budaj cools Jets in victory | 04/04/2013 10:23 PM
NewsPeter Budaj allowed just one goal on 34 shots Thursday as the Canadiens outgunned the Jets by a score of 4-1.
ImpactBudaj was given the starting assignment due to the fact he had family in attendance for the game and he certainly didn't disappoint them. The Canadiens' backup improves his record to 6-1-1 with the win.
Habs will start Peter Budaj Thursday vs. Jets | 04/04/2013 2:19 PM
NewsPeter Budaj will be in Montreal's crease for Thursday night's home game against Winnipeg.
ImpactHis parents are in town to see him play, which coach Michel Therrien admitted did influence his decision to give him the nod, but Carey Price also started in Wednesday's loss to Philadelphia. Budaj has provided the Canadiens with solid goaltending this season when he's been called upon.
Peter Budaj relieves Price, ends up with win | 03/27/2013 10:52 PM
NewsPeter Budaj came in on relief and ended up with the win Wednesday night in the Canadiens' 6-5 shootout victory over the Bruins.
ImpactJust what you want from your back-up netminder. Budaj entered the game late in the second period down 4-2 and sticked aside 14-of-15 shots he faced in 23:42. Ultimately, this was a decision that saved the game for Montreal, as Carey Price just didn't have it, giving up four goals on 26 shots.
Peter Budaj enjoys easy win over Panthers | 03/10/2013 9:26 PM
NewsPeter Budaj allowed two goals on 16 shots in a 5-3 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
ImpactBudaj was rarely tested in this game, as the Canadiens jumped out to a 4-0 lead and shifted into cruise control thereafter. Credit coach Michel Therrien for identifying a good opportunity in the schedule to use his backup netminder.
Peter Budaj defeats Bs in rare start | 03/03/2013 11:39 PM
NewsPeter Budaj stopped 31 of 34 shots against the Bruins Sunday as the Canadiens scored a 4-3 comeback victory.
ImpactAfter the strenuous night Carey Price experienced in giving up seven goals to the Penguins Saturday it's no surprise Budaj got the call, but it is somewhat alarming that he walked away with a victory. He's still nothing more than a handcuff for Price owners.
Peter Budaj is perfect Monday night | 02/18/2013 11:07 PM
NewsPeter Budaj recorded a shutout in the Canadiens' 3-0 victory over the Hurricanes Monday night.
ImpactBudaj stopped 18 out of 19 shots in Saturday's win over the Flyers and was perfect tonight against the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre. However, Carey Price (flu) is expected to get the start tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden vs the Rangers. He's missed the past two games now.
Price progressing but Budaj to start Monday | 02/17/2013 2:41 PM
NewsDespite Carey Price's improving health, the Montreal Canadiens seem content to roll with Peter Budaj in net on Monday.
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ImpactDoesn't seem like a bad plan since Budaj stopped 18 out of 19 shots as the Habs beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday. He'll go for his second win of 2013 on Monday against the improving Carolina Hurricanes.
Budaj picks up first win in 18-save effort | 02/16/2013 11:12 PM
NewsPeter Budaj saved 18 of 19 shots in a 4-1 victory Saturday.
ImpactBudaj was making a rare start in relief of Carey Price, who is day-to-day with the stomach flu. This was Budaj's third game and first victory of the season.
Peter Budaj to start v Tampa Saturday | 02/16/2013 11:52 AM
NewsPeter Budaj will get the start Saturday night against Tampa as Carey Price has come down with the stomach flu.
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ImpactRobert Mayer has been called up from Hamilton to back Budaj up Saturday, Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Peter Budaj much improved despite OT loss | 02/08/2013 10:52 AM
NewsPeter Budaj was two seconds away from earning his first win.
ImpactInstead, he got the Habs a point, as they ended up losing in the shootout. The good news for the Canadiens is that Budaj was much better (36 saves) in his second start; the bad news is he wasn't able to steal a win when the game started tailspinning away. "I felt good," said Budaj, who made 36 saves. "Obviously, I let in four goals and I'd want a few back, but I made a few saves and had some big stops on the PK. It's a tough way to go, but at least we got one point."
Budaj allows four goals in loss to Buffalo | 02/08/2013 12:26 AM
NewsPeter Budaj was beaten four times in regulation and twice in the shootout in Montreal's 5-4 loss to Buffalo on Thursday night.
ImpactThe Canadiens backup was making his second start of the season after he allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 5-1 loss to Ottawa on Jan. 30. He was better against the Sabres despite allowing four goals, as he faced 40 shots. He won't see much action behind workhorse Carey Price.
Look for Peter Budaj to start Thursday | 02/07/2013 9:00 AM
NewsIt's probable that backup Peter Budaj will get the start for Montreal Thursday night against Buffalo.
ImpactCarey Price stopped 21 of 23 shots in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Boston and the Canadiens are back in action Saturday versus Toronto, so it's logical to believe that he will get Thursday's match off to rest from the bench. Budaj was burned for five goals on 27 shots during his last appearance in Montreal's crease on Jan. 30 in Ottawa.
Peter Budaj gets lit up in 5-1 loss | 01/30/2013 11:48 PM
NewsPeter Budaj had a miserable night in Montreal's 5-1 loss to the Senators on Wednesday.
ImpactIn his first start of the season, the 30-year-old backup made only 22 saves. There's no doubt that Montreal will ride Carey Price hard this season, but the compressed schedule emphasizes even more the importance of two serviceable goaltenders. Budaj had a 2.55 goals-against average and .913 save percentage last season.
Canadiens will start Peter Budaj Wednesday | 01/30/2013 3:19 PM
NewsPeter Budaj will get the call for Montreal on Wednesday night against Ottawa.
ImpactIt will mark his first start of the season after Carey Price, who has played the team's previous five contests, stopped 18 of 21 shots in a 4-3 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
Budaj will play soon as schedule gets busy | 01/29/2013 8:19 AM
NewsPeter Budaj should see his first action of the season soon with the Canadiens set to play several back-to-back contests.
ImpactThe team plays three sets of back-to-back situations in their next six games. "Peter Budaj will play," coach Michel Therrien said Monday. "I'm not sure when but we're looking at the possibilities and it will be depend on the situation." Carey Price is expected to play Tuesday and depending on what happens he could start Wednesday as well.
Peter Budaj could get start on Tuesday | 01/28/2013 10:10 PM
NewsPeter Budaj could get the start Tuesday at home against the Winnipeg Jets.
ImpactAccording to Pierre Houde, Montreal Canadiens' play-by-play announcer for RDS, Budaj could get a sporadic start Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Jets. Number one goalie, Carey Price would suit up in Ottawa on Wednesday against the Sens.
|Date||Team||Opp||Decision||MIN||SO||GA||SHA||YTD GAA||YTD SV%||YTD Record||Status|
|Shots Against||40||at Buf||Feb 7||38|
|Saves||36||at Buf||Feb 7||36|
|Games Played In||57||2006-07 (Col)|
|Goal Against Average||2.57||2007-08 (Col)|
|Save percentage||.905||2007-08 (Col)|
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