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The Washington Capitals announced on Monday afternoon that they have signed restricted free agent goaltender Ilya Samsonov to a one-year, $2 million contract.
After going 16-8-2 with a .913 save percentage, a 2.55 goals-against average, and one shutout in his rookie season, the 24-year-old went 13-4-1 with a .902 save percentage, a 2.69 goals-against average, and two shutouts last year in an inconsistent season where he was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol twice.
Samsonov, who is currently the Capitals’ lone restricted free agent, also went 0-3 with an .899 save percentage and a 2.99 goals-against average in the team’s first-round series loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Samsonov is coming off of his entry-level contract, which paid him $925,000 in each of the past three seasons (plus bonuses).
The Capitals now have $668,740 left in cap space with a need of a left-handed defenseman, so perhaps there could be a trade(s) to clear cap space in the near future.
Samsonov, who can become a restricted free agent on July 1, was taken 22nd overall by the Capitals in the 2015 NHL Draft.
By Harrison Brown