As you can see below, the Canadiens have awarded Peter Budaj for a job well done. I’ll be the first to admit that this fellow made my nervous, especially after he lost 5-1 in his first start of the season, and then allowed 5 goals in a shootout loss in his second. I whined like crazy that Therrien didn’t have to play him so much, that Carey Price is a young man and can handle the extra work.
Budaj then won his next six straight and I still feel bad for being too quick on the draw.
Budaj now knows he’ll be a Montreal Canadien for at least two more years, which should make him and everyone around him happy and relieved. It can’t be easy being a backup goalie. You never get a chance to get into any rhythm, every night you stand the chance of going in cold, and you’re expected to perform when called upon.
Good for Budaj for earning this well-deserved extension. And maybe for him to show his appreciation for his new two-year job security, he could stone the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday, when he gets another start.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday a two-year contract extension for goaltender Peter Budaj (2013-14 and 2014-15). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
This season, Budaj played eight games with the Canadiens. In his eight NHL season, his second as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, he has a record of six wins, one loss and one overtime/shootout loss. The 30-year old netminder displays a 2.17 goals against average. Budaj blocked 187 of the 204 shots he faced so far this season for a .917 saving percentage and blanked his opponents once.
Since making his NHL debut, the 6’1’’ and 195 lbs goaltender shows a record of 112 wins, 99 losses and 33 losses in overtime/shootout. Budaj totals 10 shutouts, displaying a career 2.79 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.
Budaj joined the Canadiens organization as a free agent on July 1, 2011.