Ilya Samsonov is Awarded 1 yr x $3.55 Million By Arbitrator

Jul 24, 2023

It is that wonderful time in the NHL calendar when not a lot of stuff goes down in the NHL world. However, arbitration is one of the many things when NHLers state their case to an arbitrator about why they’re worth the money they are asking.

Ilya Samsonov, the goalie for the Toronto Maple Leafs, went to arbitration because he wanted 4.9 million and the team wanted to give him 2.4 million. It came down to the ruling of the arbitrator where he was awarded, 3.55 million for the next season.

What does this exactly mean for what is next for the blue and white?

It means Jake Muzzin’s contract is either going to LTIR or traded to a team like Arizona where contracts go to die. The Maple Leafs have another issues to solve and that is what the hell do you do with Matt Murray. The Kyle Dubas risk didn’t work out as the goaltender who is made of glass shattered every time he got healthy. I am assuming and hoping that Joseph Woll is number 2 behind Samsonov.

Fun fact, this was also Maple Leaf’s first arbitration case in a decade.

Samsonov is now on a big list of upcoming UFA’s for the 2024 off season who also include, Matthews, Nylander, Tyler Bertuzzi, John Klingberg, Max Domi, Sam Lafferty, T.J. Brodie, Mark Giordano, and Matt Murray.

Leafs Nation, sit on this, knowing you’ve got the number 1 goalie figured out wait until Matthews signs sometime in the next 6-8 weeks. Go Leafs Go.



Griff Bordignon

Hi, my name is Griff and I'm a complete sports nut. I love to play sports, watch sports and most importantly bet on sports too. If I'm not watching or betting on sports, you can find me on the golf course, between the pipes as your average beer league goaltender. Although sports take up most of my life, I also love spending time with my two dogs, streaming usually a 90's Simpson's or attempting to read more books.

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