Avalanche Re-Sign Goaltender Budaj, Forward Koci

James CriderCorrespondent IJune 3, 2010

The Colorado Avalanche have announced the re-signing of goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci to one year contracts.

In his fifth season with the Avalanche, Budaj had solid year in which he had a career high .917 save percentage and respectable 2.64 GAA. However, he also finished with a career low five wins as Avalanche coach Joe Sacco was often reluctant to turn to Budaj, only giving him 11 starts this season.

Both numbers were down significantly from the 2008-2009 season which saw Budaj start 55 games and collect 20 wins.

Budaj is known for being a hard worker and a good teammate, so it comes as little surprise that management decided to re-up his contract.

The David Koci re-signing, on the other hand, can only be labeled as surprising.

Koci only played in 43 of the Avalanche's games—none of the six playoff games—and was generally a liability on the ice. Koci only averaged 3:03 of ice time per game, the lowest of any of the 35 skaters that suited up for Colorado this year.

Koci did participate in 11 fights this season, but using any word other than participate for his performance in them would be too generous.

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