Competition to backup Jonathan Quick only getting more interesting – Orange County Register

EL SEGUNDO – Peter Budaj demonstrated last season how much it pays to be the Kings’ backup goalie.

Just over $2 million, in his case.

At the ripe age of 35, Budaj earned a two-year contract from the Tampa Bay Lightning this offseason with an annual value of $1.025 million on the strength of his performance filling in for the injured Jonathan Quick last season.

Playing behind the Kings defense certainly didn’t hurt his 2.18 goals-against average that ranked third in the NHL.

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