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Colorado Avalanche: News From Around the NHL October 7th, 2014

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Sunday Budaj was traded to Winnipeg, yesterday he was put on waivers.

Just a day after acquiring Peter Budaj, the Winnipeg Jets have placed the goalie on waivers.

Budaj was picked up Sunday in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens for forward Eric Tangradi. The Jets also received forward Patrick Holland in the deal. The 22-year-old was immediately sent down to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

If Budaj clears waivers, he'll join Holland in St. John's. Budaj has been the Canadiens backup the last four seasons. The 32-year-old has a career 2.76 goals against average, .903 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 296 games spread over ten seasons. Budaj is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $1.4 million.

Speaking of the trade, it was reportedly requested by Budaj.

Peter Budaj's exit from Montreal came by request.

The 32-year-old Slovak netminder was dealt to the Winnipeg Jets Sunday, handing the Canadiens' back-up job to Dustin Tokarski. However, Budaj's agent Rolland Hedges confirmed to RDS that the former Habs back-up requested a trade out of Montreal after the team's Eastern Conference Final loss to the New York Rangers.

In an interview with RDS, Hedges stated that he believes the move to Winnipeg will benefit his client.

"It's a good opportunity for Peter," Hedges told RDS Sunday. "Peter just wanted to go to a team that wanted him."

Budaj appeared in 24 games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going 10-8-3 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.51 save percentage.

The Star has a Western Conference preview.

4. Colorado Avalanche*

Last season: 52-22-8, 112 points, first in Central, lost division semifinal to Minnesota

Out: C Paul Stastny, RW P-A Parenteau, D Andre Benoit, G Jean-Sebastien Giguere

In: RW Jarome Iginla, D Brad Stuart, C Daniel Briere, F Jesse Winchester

Outlook: Captain Gabriel Landeskog and Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, in separate interviews an hour apart, said the Avalanche may not get 112 points this year but will be better. It’ll be hard to match last season’s out-of-nowhere success, unless goaltender Semyon Varlamov keeps up a superhuman pace and stays healthy. More likely, Colorado will be fighting until the final days for one of the final playoff spots.

Nathan MacKinnon is pretty freaking fast. Sidenote: I *really* love Charles Hamelin.

Nathan MacKinnon is one of the best young players in the NHL. He’s also one of the fastest. The Colorado Avalanche forward won the Calder Trophy for the league’s best rookie in 2013-14, so his skills with a hockey stick are well-documented. If you didn’t know just how fast the 19-year-old is, though, hockey equipment manufacturer CCM would like to enlighten you. CCM equipped MacKinnon with a pair of its new Tacks skates and had him square off against Olympic speed skater and three-time gold medal winner Charles Hamelin.