Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Cut Peter Budaj some slack
That's right, I'm going to defend Peter Budaj. Me. Really.
I've been seeing alot of fans and media (particularly Adrian Dater saying that Budaj might be down to his last chance) giving Peter Budaj alot of crap recently.
I'm baffled as to why.
I don't like Budaj's salary. I understand he's not skilled enough to be an NHL starter. And I'd prefer it if Weiman was given a shot at back-up next season.
But that doesn't mean I'm going to have blind hate for him. He's been given the chance to start two games out of 28, and went 1-1.
One really good game, one really bad game. But last time I checked, that's the trademark of an NHL back-up. If they were consistently good, they would be a starter on some team.
And considering how good Anderson has been, you may as well have had Jacques Cloutier as the back-up. It's his team now, and he'll be starting over 70 games this year (and hopefully next).
So again, why the hate? Are people bitter about last year? Or still fuming about Budaj's ugly loss to Edmonton?