Leafs sign goaltender Ilya Samsonov

Jul 13 2022, 3:33 pm

Ilya Samsonov looks like the missing piece for the Toronto Maple Leafs in net.

The Leafs are set to sign the former Washington Capitals goalie to a contract, according to multiple reports.

The Athletic’s Arthur Staple broke the news:

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman had previously reported that the Leafs were “among teams doing due diligence on Kevin Lankinen and Ilya Samsonov.”

Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported the deal at one-year, $1.8 million, which has yet to be officially announced by the Leafs.

The 25-year-old Samsonov has played three seasons for the Capitals, after originally being taken at the 15th overall pick in 2015.

A 6’3″ goaltender out of Russia, he has a record of 52-22-8 with a goals against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .902 in 89 games.

He was eligible to be a restricted free agent after this season, but the Capitals chose against submitting him for a qualifying offer.

The Leafs will have two new goaltenders next season, after having previously traded for Matt Murray earlier in the week from the Ottawa Senators.

Meanwhile, now-former Leafs goalie Jack Campbell is expected to sign a multi-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, according to multiple reports.

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