Capitals Re-sign Ilya Samsonov To One-Year, $2 Million Contract

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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

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8 Responses to Capitals Re-sign Ilya Samsonov To One-Year, $2 Million Contract

  1. Mark Eiben says:

    Sounds about right. I like the prove it deal and he and VV can fight it out again. This will give the Caps a chance to see who can really be the goaltender moving forward.

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    I like this signing and this let’s the Caps judge whether he or VV should really get the longterm starter position. Nice work GMBM.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am not sure there will be a trade but could see Hags moved and replaced by a farm hand… that clears 2 M$

    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure why you would move Hagelin before Kempny. They make almost the same amount. Hags is at least valuable on PK and has world-class speed (something Caps really need). Kempny is a shell of the player he used to be.

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        I wonder how tradeable Kempny is. With two serious injuries in such a short period of time, we aren’t even sure if he can play.

        • Mark Eiben says:

          Agree. Plus, Caps would probably have to move out yet another draft pick or prospect along with Kempny for someone to take him. I have checked and if they bury him in Hershey, it would save half of his salary so that would be an option.

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