DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche confirm that backup goalie Peter Budaj has swine flu.
Budaj didn’t accompany the Avalanche on their four-game road trip that begins Tuesday night in Edmonton. “We’ve taken the necessary steps and precautions to keep him away from the rest of the guys,” Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco said prior to the game against the Oilers.
“Hopefully he’ll be able join us at some point during this road trip.”
There’s a chance Budaj could rejoin the team if he’s cleared by team doctors.
Sacco said no other players have come down with the H1N1 virus.
“With Peter, once he came down with flu-like symptoms we did the right thing by keeping him away,” Sacco said. “As a coach you just want to make sure you keep him away from the team and keep him separate from everyone until he’s cleared.”
Budaj was scheduled to start his first game of the season last Friday against Carolina, but was scratched due to flu-like symptoms.
Colorado recently brought up goalie Tyler Weiman from the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL to serve as Craig Anderson’s backup.