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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Free Agent Goalie Ilya Samsonov

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The Toronto Maple Leafs got right to work once free agency opened in the NHL. Toronto General Manager Kyle Dubas made a trade with the Ottawa Senators just a few days ago when he acquired goaltender Matt Murray and two draft picks. 

Many people have had a wide variety of thoughts on the acquisition of the 28-year-old Thunder Bay, Ontario native, there are connections within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization to Matt Murray from his days in the Ontario Hockey League that brought him to Toronto. 

Toronto Maple Leafs have made another addition to their goaltending depth chart, netminder Ilya Samsonov has signed with the Leafs. The deal is worth a reported $1.8 Million for 1 year. The former Washington Capitals netminder was the Capitals 1st round draft selection, 22nd overall in 2015. 

The now 25-Year old netminder from Magnitogorsk, Russia started 44 games last season, he won 23 games and registered a 3.02 Goals Against Average along with a .896 save percentage. Ilya Samsonov played 5 games in last season’s postseason for Washington and has played in 8 playoff games in his short NHL career, he is 1-6 overall and carries a 2.98 goals against average for his career in the playoffs. Career numbers for Ilya Samsonov in 89 games played, 52-22 overall record, 2.81 goals against average, and a .902 save percentage. Ilya Samsonov won the Calder Trophy for his impressive rookie season three years ago.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have addressed their goaltending needs and will set their sights on the 2022-2023 season with Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov. Matt Murray brings a lot of uncertainty with his injury issues in recent years, however, Matt Murray has won two Stanley cups and with the staff off the ice within the Toronto organization, there is plenty of optimism surrounding the comeback of Matt Murray.

Ilya Samsonov is a young netminder that can definitely take the net and run with it as he has proven in Washington. The Maple Leafs are coming off another tough first-round playoff exit in 2021-2022, there is plenty of scrutiny hovering over the team as they head into the upcoming season

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