Avalanche Give Budaj #1 For Now

Source: Rocky Mountain News | Sep 24th 2008, 9:51am EDT

For the first time in his career, Peter Budaj will start the season as the Avalanche's top goalie. "To tell me I'm the guy, it's great. I'm going to do my best and work hard to show them that I'm able to keep the spot." Budaj said.

"A lot of people have question marks about our goaltending, but I'm a big believer in Peter and I always was," Joe Sakic said. "I think he's going to step up to that next level."

Andrew Raycroft will fill the backup goalie spot for now with Jason Bacashihua as third string.