This report card is a joint effort by Beachie, Sandie, Paul, SlamDunktheFunk and DDC. Stats courtesy of hockey-reference.com and NHL.com
Final Grade: D+
Midseason Grade: B-
Last Year: B-
Vitals: 6'1" / 200 / 28 / Catches Left
Drafted by Colorado, 2nd round (63rd) of 2001 Draft
Joined Avalanche: Debuted on October 8th, 2005. Pierre Turgeon, Joe Sakic and Marek Svatos scored as Budaj and the Avalanche downed Marty Turco and the Stars 3-2.
MHH Nicknames: Boods
Avs with Budaj in the lineup: 13-20-4 (.405 pt%) 2.84 GF 3.56 GA
Ice Time: 37 starts, 45 games as the backup, 8 relief appearances
Career Highlights: After 6 failed attempts, Peter Budaj finally got win #100 in an April 1st win over Phoenix.
Report: It's been a very poor week in Avalanche grades: Quincey (C-, which I thought was being generous), Koci (D+), Stoa (D+), Elliott (D-) and now Budaj with a D+. Like all Avalanche goalies, Budaj had a year he (and we) would like to forget. He was arguably the best of the three, which isn't exactly saying much. He allowed 3 goals or more in 31 of his 37 starts. Of course, when you face 30+ shots a game, bad things will happen. "Bad" sums up the season for Budaj, except in the shootout where he was absolutely money.
Fun Fact: Budaj was drafted 10 spots ahead of Craig Anderson in 2001 and has 3 more career wins.
The Peter Budaj Drinking Game: Drink when Budaj allows a goal in the shootout Drunk potential: Not happening
What We Said Last Year: He gets an "A" for being classy concerning his role/treatment and for being a truly loyal teammate. His mistreatment and unfortunate game situations aside, his play just wasn't getting the requisite results. His numbers for the year are pretty average (C), and his play in most of his 2nd half starts was shaky and understandably inconsistent and rusty.
2010 Cap Hit: $1,250,000
2011 Status: UFA
Outlook for Next Season: It's been discussed previously that Peter Budaj is not expected to be re-signed by the Avalanche this summer, ending a six season run in Denver. Best of luck, Peter. We still believe in Budaj.
Next Up: Daniel Winnik