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02-08-2013, 11:52 AM
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Because of the compressed schedule with teams playing three or four times a week, it's harder to cherry-pick the right game to insert Budaj. Plus, he'll also play a higher percentage of games than he would in an 82-game season -- between eight to ten games at this rate, or 1/5 of the total.

Budaj's role is unusually important this shortened season. I mentioned this in another thread -- he's the X-Factor. His eight to ten games might be the difference between the Habs finishing 4th or 5th in the EC versus finishing 8th to 10th.

How crucial is his role beyond this weird season? A bit less important, not worth sacrificing a good skater, but obviously something to keep on the to-do list as Price plays his usual 70+ games.

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