DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Peter Budaj and forward Cody McCormick.
Budaj agreed to a three-year contract with the Avs. The 23-year old appeared in 34 games in goal last season, one shy of the franchise rookie record set by Mario Gosselin in 1984-85. Budaj tied for sixth among all NHL rookies with 14 wins, posting a 14-10-6 record. It was the second most wins by a rookie goaltender in team history, trailing only Gosselin's 19 victories in 1984-85. Colorado's first selection (63rd overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj allowed two goals or less in 17 of his 29 starts last year.
"Peter Budaj showed tremendous ability last season," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "Our hockey staff is convinced that he will be a strong asset for our team for years to come. Along with Jose Theodore, we believe they will be one of the top goaltending tandems in the NHL heading into the 2006-07 season."
McCormick, 23, opened the 2005-06 season with Lowell of the American Hockey League but wound up spending the final five months of the season with the Avalanche. He compiled eight points (4g/4a) and 29 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Avs. The London, Ontario native was Colorado's fifth choice (144th overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft.
"Cody McCormick is a gritty winger who has shown improvement in his development," added Giguere.