NHL.com: The Los Angeles Kings have traded forward Andy Andreoff to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Peter Budaj.
The 27-year old Andreoff was drafted 80th overall in the third-round of the 2011 draft by the Kings. Andreoff carries a $677,500 salary cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
The 35-year old Budaj was drafted 63rd overall in the second-round of the 2001 draft by the Avalanche. Budaj carries a $1,024,999 salary cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Thoughts from the media …
Joe Smith: Louis Domingue had replaced Budaj as the Lightning’s backup down the stretch last season.
Pierre LeBrun: “Plan is for Jack Campbell to remain Kings backup, Budaj brought back to be No. 3 depth guy, Kings believe he’ll work well with goalie Cal Petersen in Ontario (AHL).”
Joe Smith: “In
#TBLightning Peter Budaj trade to Kings, they received forward Andy Andreoff, who played in 159 #NHL games last four years with 13 goals. 262 career hits. Could compete for bottom six spot in camp I’d imagine. Remember Callahan out first month of season w shoulder surgery”
John Hoven: “Nice move by Blake – sends Andreoff to TBL, where he may have better chance to make NHL roster (had largely been squeezed out in LA). Also gets a vet backup goalie for Ontario; and somebody who knows the organization in Budaj. Not directly related, but also could help Rieder.”