Brad Treliving's Newest Priority for the Leafs has been Revealed

Published July 7, 2023 at 2:28 PM
BY JULIEN TREKKER
     
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Tough Decision



The Leafs face a tough decision regarding their goaltender situation.

Reportedly, they are considering bringing back Ilya Samsonov, who will soon participate in a salary arbitration hearing.

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Samsonov: The Best Short-Term Candidate?



Samsonov, who is 26 years old, played in 42 games for the Leafs this season. He is definitely a superior option compared to Matt Murray, who is likely to be traded soon.

Among the unrestricted free agent goalies who played more than 40 games last season, the only other name besides Samsonov's is Martin Jones. However, Samsonov outperformed him with a GAA of 2.33 and an SV% of .919, while Jones recorded a 2.99 GAA and .886 SV% during his time with the Seattle Kraken.

They could also consider trading for a higher-profile goalie like Connor Hellebuyck, but that would be surprising given the salary cap restrictions.

In the current situation, it appears that relying on Samsonov as their starting goalie would be the Leafs' best move. This decision would provide financial benefits to the team as they seek a budget-friendly option for the position.

Do you think Samsonov will be the number one goalie in Toronto next season?

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