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Peter Budaj and David Koci will return to the Avs for 2010-11 season


The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday that goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci will return for the 2010-11 season. Both players signed one year agreements.

Budaj will be coming back for his sixth NHL season, all with the Avs. He played in 15 games in 2009-10, making 11 starts. His record was 5-5-2 with a 2.64 goals against average, and one shutout.

For his NHL career, he has a record of 86-70-23 and a 2.74 GAA. He has eight career shutouts.


Budaj also has international experience, representing his native Slovakia. He played in the last two Winter Olympic Games as well as the 2008 and 2010 IIHF World Championships. 


The one year contract Budaj signed was for $1.25 million, same as last season.


It remains to be seen if Budaj will see more playing time in 2010-11. Many Avalanche observers felt that starting goalie Craig Anderson played too many minutes last year and was fatigued by the end of the regular season.

29 year old David Koci has played for four NHL teams. He played in a career-high 43 games last season. He had 1 goal and 84 penalty minutes. His primary roll with the Avs was that of an "enforcer". He was a healthy scratch on several occasions and often when he played, he was only used early in games.


His salary for the upcoming season will be $575,000, the same as 2009-10.

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