Habs re-sign G Budaj: Two years, $2.8 million


On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens announced they re-signed backup goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year deal.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal has an average annual value of $1.4 million.

Budaj, 30, joined the Canadiens in 2011 after spending the first six season of his career with the Avalanche organization.

The Slovak netminder had an average first year with the Habs — 5-7-5, .912 save percentage, 2.55 GAA — but has been one of the league’s best backups this season.

Providing solid relief for No. 1 Carey Price, Budaj has gone 6-1-1 with a .917 save percentage and 2.28 GAA. He also recorded his first shutout as a Canadien — a 19-save effort against Carolina in February.

In a related story, Budaj will start for Montreal on Thursday when it takes on the Sabres in Buffalo.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

Ryan Wilson, Sidney Crosby
Leave a comment

The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.