difficult to say at this point i think. something that has crossed my mind though recently was this. did he possibly see/think/hear the possibility of D King moving up the ranks past him? did he possibly foresee LA having a possible logjam down the left side of Brown, Penner, Gagne, King and Clifford?
for all of us we are on the outside of the inner workings we won't know and this is entirely speculation, but perhaps Bud saw something along these lines a year ago and knew he was so far down the list he didn't have a chance in LA. so leave and go play elsewhere for himself and the money, while hoping to catch another teams attention