Yesterday we saw the first major deal go down between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings. Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman and Kings Dean Lombardi managed to workout a trade with on another.
In that deal Tampa sent No. 1 goaltender Ben Bishop along with the 2017 5th round pick while Los Angeles while the Kings got in return was netminder Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak as well as this years 7th round pick of the NHL Draft and a conditional pick in 2017.
Given that both goalies are set to become unrestricted free agents after the end of 2016-2017 season this move was a rental deal at best.
The former Lightning goalie was the team leader in franchise in games played at 227 with 131 wins to his credit. He also recorded a .921 save percentage along a 2.28 GAA while backstopping for Tampa.
Peter Budaj on the other hand dressed in 53 games with the Los Angeles Kings this season during Jonathan Quick’s absence. While Quick was away Budaj produced a 27-20-3 record along with a 2.12 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Defenseman Erik Cernak spent this season playing in OHL as a member of the Erie Otters. There he suited for 41 games and tallied on the season 17 points and was a plus 27.