Bryzgalov released by MIN, while WPG puts Budaj on waivers. Wow.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 6, 2014
The acquisition of Budaj came as a surprise to some. First of all, the Winnipeg Jets appeared to be set with their number one and number two goaltender. Secondly, Peter Budaj isn't very good.
Despite a disappointing preseason, Michael Hutchinson has earned a shot. He has been a top notch AHL goaltender (career .921 sv%), and his save percentage has twice ranked in the AHL's top 10. Over the last few years he has consistently outplayed Dustin Tokarski, and Dustin Tokarski make Budaj expendable in Montreal.
It is worth noting though, that there is a serious lack of veteran netminders on the Winnipeg Jets' depth chart.
Behind the NHL tandem, the Jets system features two goaltenders with a combined 11 games of AHL experience. Juho Olkinuora has underwhelmed through 11 games and Connor Hellebuyck is a fresh faced rookie - albeit a highly touted rookie.
If Budaj clears waivers, the the Jets will have a veteran waiting in the wings in case of injury. This will surely help General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff sleep more soundly.
The trade that had many upset has turned to a win-win for both the Jets and Montreal Canadiens, but it is likely registers as a firm kick in the teeth for Peter Budaj.