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Budaj traded to Kings by Lightning for Andreoff

Veteran goaltender rejoins Los Angeles after being acquired by Tampa Bay in 2017 @NHLdotcom

Peter Budaj was traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Tampa Bay Lightning for Andy Andreoff on Wednesday.

Budaj, a 35-year-old goaltender, returns to the Kings after going 3-3-1 with a 3.77 goals-against average and .876 save percentage with the Lightning this season. He sustained a high ankle sprain in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 29 and did not play again until March 13, when he allowed one goal in 20 minutes against the Ottawa Senators. It was his final appearance of the season.


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The Lightning acquired Budaj from the Kings on Feb. 26, 2017, in a trade that sent goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles.

Video: Discussing the trade between the Kings and Lightning

Budaj, a native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, was a second-round pick (No. 63) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut with Colorado on Oct. 8, 2005, and is 158-131-40 with a 2.69 GAA, a .904 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 365 games (328 starts) during 12 seasons with the Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, Kings and Lightning.

Andreoff, a 27-year-old forward, had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 45 games for the Kings this season. He was selected by Los Angeles in the third round (No. 80) in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 159 NHL games, Andreoff has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) and 214 penalty minutes. He had NHL career highs in games played (60), goals (eight) and points (10) in 2015-16.

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