The Los Angeles Kings solidify their goaltending depth with the acquisition of Peter Budaj today. This will mark Budaj’s second tenure in LA, having previously supported the Kings back in 2016-2017 while Jonathan Quick was injured. He was moved to Tampa Bay that same season at the trade deadline as part of a package to land goalie Ben Bishop. Andy Andreoff has spent the last three seasons in the NHL with the Kings, serving as a bottom six forward who brings a physical edge to his game.
Peter Budaj only made appearances in 14 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning since the 2017 NHL trade deadline. He also started two games with the Syracuse Crunch, Tampa’s AHL affiliate. Budaj rejoins a Kings pipeline of goalies that includes star Jonathan Quick, journeymen Jack Campbell and Scott Wedgewood, as well as prospect Cal Petersen. This trade indicates that the Kings evidently were not confident with one of Campbell, Wedgewood, or Petersen backing up Quick. Given the low price, this is a solid move for LA. Budaj led LA to a 27-20-3 record with a .917 SV% and a 2.12 GAA during his 53 game stint back in 2016-2017. He heads into the final season of a two-year pact he signed with Tampa Bay that entitles him to a cap hit of $1.025 million per season.
The Lightning pick up a solid depth player in Andreoff as they likely turn to Louis Domingue as their uncontested backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy. Andreoff appeared in 45 games with the Kings this season, scoring three goals and adding six assists for a total of nine points. He is entering the last season of a two-year deal signed with LA that awards him a very affordable cap hit of only $677,500 per season.