(via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Budaj, 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, has played in 357 career NHL games with the Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He has posted a record of 155-128-39 to go along with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. Budaj has also recorded 18 career shutouts.
The Banska Bystrica, Slovakia native played in seven games with the Lightning last season after being acquired from the Kings in exchange for Ben Bishop. He posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.80 goals-against average. Prior to joining Tampa Bay he appeared in 53 games with Los Angeles, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. His combined 60 games played was a career high, while his 30 wins were the second most for him in a single season. Budaj was honored by the league on February 6 when he was named the Third Star of the Week.
Budaj was drafted by Colorado in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2001 NHL Draft.