Budaj will call it a career following the end of AHL Ontario's 2018-19 campaign.
Budaj saw action in 368 NHL games over the course of his 13-year career, in which he posted a 158-132-40 record with 18 shutouts and a .904 save percentage. The veteran netminder saw his spot as the No. 2 in Los Angeles taken over by Jack Campbell and instead spent the bulk of his final year playing with AHL Ontario. Drafted by the Avalanche with the 63rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Slovak spent six years in Colorado before playing for Montreal, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.
Budaj was demoted to AHL Ontario on Tuesday, per the AHL transactions page.
Rather than sending rookie Cal Peterson back to the minors, it appears the Kings have opted to keep the youth around and will instead send the veteran back to the minors. This could indicate that Jonathan Quick -- who was activated off injured reserve Tuesday -- will cede some starts in goal after a mediocre showing to open the season. Budaj should remain the top backup option if either of the two lands on injured reserve.
Budaj stopped two of three shots in relief during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Cal Petersen got lit up for six goals before getting the hook in favor of Budaj. In three appearances this season, Budaj has allowed six goals on just 33 shots.
Budaj (illness) will serve as the backup goalie for Friday's game versus the Blackhawks, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
This bodes well for Budaj's chances to start Saturday against the Predators, as Cal Petersen will get Friday's start. Budaj struggled in his only start of the year, allowing four goals on 19 shots to a strong Toronto team Tuesday.
Budaj is under the weather and could miss Friday's clash with Chicago, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Even if Budaj is healthy enough to suit up, it seems unlikely he will be between the pipes, which means Cal Petersen is slated to make his first NHL start -- although the team has not provided confirmation of its starting keeper. The veteran Budaj will likely get the start for the second game of the Kings' back-to-back versus Nashville on Saturday.
Budaj allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
It was a troubling outing for the 36-year-old netminder, who was eventually pulled and replaced by Cal Petersen. The Kings offered little help to Budaj, but he'll need to shake it off and get ready for a possible start Friday against the Blackhawks.
Budaj will start Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
The 36-year-old veteran netminder takes over starting duties considering both Jack Cambell and Jonathan Quick are out with knee injuries. Budaj has one NHL appearance this season, back on Oct. 13. Since then, he's started three games in AHL Ontario, going 1-2-0 with a 6.16 GAA and a .825 save percentage.
Budaj will be recalled to Los Angeles to replace the injured Jonathan Quick (lower body), Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Jack Campbell will be the KIngs' likely starter Sunday against the Rangers while Quick is out indefinitely, per NHL.com. The injury is unrelated to the lower-body injury that forced Quick to miss five games earlier in October. Budaj has made one appearance for the Kings this season.
Budaj was reassigned to AHL Ontario on Thursday.
The Kings activated No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick (lower body) from injured reserve, and considering Budaj is behind Jack Campbell on the organizational depth chart, he's the one who gets moved down to the minors. Budaj went 27-20-3 with seven shutouts for the Kings back in the 2016-17 campaign, making him a trustworthy stopgap option whenever he's needed in the NHL.
Budaj was called up from AHL Ontario, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Budaj was recalled to back up Jack Campbell against Detroit Sunday after Jonathan Quick (lower body) was injured in practice. The severity of Quick's injury is still unknown, but Budaj should stay at the NHL level until he returns.
Budaj was officially assigned to AHL Ontario on Monday after clearing waivers, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports
Budaj will now battle with Cal Petersen for the top job in Ontario, but with Petersen appearing to be one of the goaltenders of the future for the Kings, it's more likely that he's either going to be the backup or traded to another team. For now, he shouldn't be a factor on your fantasy roster.
Budaj was placed on waivers by the Kings on Sunday, TSN reports.
The move to ship Budaj to the minors -- assuming he clears waivers -- settles the question of who will be the No. 2 behind Jonathan Quick, as Jack Campbell appears to have won this camp position battle. Given Budaj's experience, it's certainly possible a team snags him off waivers or tries to trade for him later in the season.
Budaj allowed two third-period goals against Vancouver, stopping seven of nine shots overall and leading to a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday.
This isn't the way to win a job. After Jack Campbell stopped 22 of 23 and handed Budaj a 3-1 lead, the veteran Slovak couldn't hold it, allowing the Canucks to overcome the deficit. A .778 percentage just won't cut it, and it's a really bad night to have it when his competition, Campbell, had a .957 mark. This will not be an easy battle to win the job to back up Jonathan Quick.
Budaj is projected to cover the road net against the Canucks on Thursday night, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
Budaj was relentless in relief of Jack Campbell in Tuesday's intrasquad contest against the Coyotes, with the former setting aside all nine shots in his preseason debut. Those two netminders are locked into a fierce battle for the No. 2 job behind Jonathan Quick to open the 2018-19 season.
Budaj made nine saves without giving up a goal in relief of Jack Campbell in Tuesday's 4-2 split-squad road loss to the Coyotes.
Budaj and Campbell figure to battle for the No. 2 job behind Jonathan Quick this season. The latter managed to save only 18 of 22 shots in this intrasquad contest, and there's something to be said about how Budaj maintained a 27-20-3 record, 2.12 GAA and .917 save percentage as a fill-in for an injured Quick during the 2016-17 campaign. This is still Campbell's job to lose, but Budaj certainly can create a case and Tuesday's happenings dump a few extra marks on his side of the ledger.
Budaj was dealt to Los Angeles on Wednesday in exchange for center Andy Andreoff.
Budaj wasn't going to get a real chance in Tampa at age 36, so this gives him a chance to get back on the ice as a backup in Los Angeles, where he was a strong option in 2016-17. However, with Jack Campbell sitting behind Jonathan Quick, Budaj will have to earn the No. 2 job to get the chance to post solid numbers again. Budaj is likely no better than a spot starter at this point in his career, and goalies of his caliber will almost always be available to fantasy owners on the waiver wire.
Budaj remains with the Lightning but has not seen game action since mid-March.
Louis Domingue has moved into the backup role ahead of Budaj, who is just a year removed from a brilliant performance in Los Angeles (27-20-3, 2.12 GAA, .917 save percentage). His stay in Tampa has resulted in extremely limited ice time and that won't change. Budaj is a journeyman whose fantasy future lies in spot starts, but that's if he returns next year. He will be 36 to start next season.
Budaj (leg) made a relief appearance in Tuesday's 7-4 home loss to the Senators, allowing one goal on four shots.
Budaj stepped in for traditional starter Andrei Vasilevskiy to start the third period after Vasilevskiy yielded six goals on 29 shots. There should be less focus on the fact that Budaj allowed a goal than his proving that he could at least withstand a whole period of hockey having missed the previous 29 games. With the Bolts being the first team to clinch a playoff berth and Vasilevskiy said to be dealing with fatigue, it's likely that we'll see as much of Budaj as he can physically handle down the final stretch of the regular season.
Budaj (leg) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the official NHL media site.
Budaj was recalled from his conditioning loan Tuesday, so it's not a huge surprise that he will retake his spot as the team's backup netminder. The Bolts also sent Louis Domingue back to AHL Syracuse, leaving Budaj as the only netminder available other than starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. However, his starts will likely be few and far between.
Budaj (leg) returned from a conditioning assignment with AHL Syracuse on Monday.
Budaj started a pair of outings for the Crunch, in which he posted a 2.95 GAA and .887 save percentage. Not exactly stellar numbers, but two full 60-minute games will go a long way toward getting the netminder back to 100 percent. The next step will be the team activating him off injured reserve. Fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised to see the Lightning give the veteran a couple extra games in order to rest Andrei Vasilevskiy.