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Colorado Avalanche Goalie Peter Budaj has the swine flu

He won’t be joining his team for a 4-game road trip that begins today. From AP-

The Colorado Avalanche confirmed that backup goalie Peter Budaj has the swine flu.

Budaj didn’t accompany the Avalanche on their four-game road trip that begins Tuesday night in Edmonton. There’s a chance Budaj could rejoin the team later in the trip if he’s cleared by team doctors.

“We’re always cautious,” coach Joe Sacco said Friday. “With Peter, once he came down with those flu-like symptoms, we did the right thing by keeping him away.”

The team said no other players have come down with the virus.

Yet. It will interesting to see what a pro sports league does if there is a significant flu outbreak on one team.

Budaj hasn’t even played a game so far this season. Ex-Florida Goalie Craig Anderson has been doing a fantastic job for the first 11 games of the year. An AHL Goalie has been brought up to fill Budaj’s spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson starts Colorado’s first 15 games of the 2009-10 NHL season.

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