The Los Angeles Kings decided to reacquire goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. In return, the Lightning received left winger Andy Andreoff.
Budaj is actually returning to the Los Angeles Kings. He played with the Kings from 2015 to 2017. In 54 games, he had a record of 28 wins, 20 regulation losses and three losses in extra time. Budaj also had seven shutouts, a goals against average of 2.15 and a save percentage of .916. Budaj saw significant time with the Kings because of a groin injury to Jonathan Quick.
Budaj initially signed as a free agent with the Kings on Oct. 9, 2015. He then was traded from the Kings to to the Lightning on Feb. 26, 2017 with Erik Cernak and a seventh round draft pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft for Ben Bishop and a fifth round draft pick in the 2017 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Last season with the Lightning, Budaj had a record of three wins, three regulation losses and a loss in extra time. He had a goals against average of 3.76 and a save percentage of .876. In addition to playing for the Lightning and Kings, Budaj has also played for the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens.
Andreoff meanwhile has played his entire career with the Kings since being their third pick, 80th overall, in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft. A left winger, Andreoff had three goals and six assists for nine points in 45 games last season for the Kings. He had 50 penalty minutes, was a -6, 47 shots, 24 faceoff wins, 77 hits, 11 blocked shots, three takeaways and seven giveaways.
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