Thursday, June 3, 2010

Avs Sign Budaj - AND Koci?

The Avs continued to build their 2010-11 roster today by making a couple re-signings.

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci each to a one-year contract for the 2010-11 season.
It's nice to see that Budaj will stay in Colorado. Although I'm not the guy's biggest fan, I have no qualms with him as a backup and hopefully Joe Sacco will use him much more often this season. The move gives AHLer
Tyler Weinman more time to develop.

Per the title, enforced (ha!) David Koci will also return next season. I can let the Avalanche's press release do the talking:

Koci, 29, appeared in a career-high 43 games in his first season with the Avalanche in 2009-10. The 6-foot-6, 238-pound left wing tallied one goal and no assists while finishing second on the team with 84 penalty minutes.

“David brings grit and toughness to our lineup,” added Sherman. “He was a good fit for our team last year.”

The Prague, Czech Republic native has skated in 107 career NHL games, notching three points (2g/1a) and 381 penalty minutes during stints with Chicago, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Colorado. He was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft.
No idea why we're letting this guy take up a roster spot - whether it be major or minor league - because he's utterly useless.

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