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LA Kings Acquire Peter Budaj, Andy Andreoff Traded to Tampa Bay Lightning

Slovakian goaltender returns to LA Kings organization ahead of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The LA Kings have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.

Budaj was with the Kings for two seasons from 2015-2017, appearing in 54 games with a 28-20-3 record, a .916 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average and seven shutouts.

The 35-year-old Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a 6-1, 196-pound native of Banska Bystrika, Slovakia who played in eight games last season with the Lightning, posting a 3-3-1 record, .876 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average.

Drafted in the second-round (63rd overall) by Colorado during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Budaj has appeared in 365 games over 12 seasons in the NHL with the Kings, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Colorado, posting a 158-131-40 record, .904 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and 18 shutouts.

Budaj joined the Lightning late in the 2016-17 season when he was traded along with Erik Cernak by the Kings in exchange for Ben Bishop.

Video: With Quick out, the Kings rely on Peter Budaj

Andreoff has appeared in 159 games over four seasons with the Kings, posting 24 points (13-11=24) and 214 penalty minutes.

He established a career-high with two assists in a game against the Lightning this season.

Video: LAK@TBL: Brodzinski roofs Andreoff's cross-ice pass

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