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Sheldon Keefe Criticizes Ilya Samsonov's Disappointing Performance: Waivers incoming?

Published December 30, 2023 at 10:28
It would be an understatement to say that Ilya Samsonov has been brutal this season. In an attempt to give Samsonov a fresh start for the season, the Maple Leafs rested the goalie for the final two games surrounding the Christmas break.

Samonov's poor stats are making records and no one is happy

Admittedly, Toronto's defense hasn't been very good this year, but after a crushing 6-5 overtime loss on Friday, the squad ought to be improving from Samsonov's current save percentage of 0.862. Due to his appalling start, he has either surpassed or established a record.

Ilya Samsonov's .862 Save Percentage is the lowest by a Leafs goaltender through the first 15 starts of a season since Allan Bester in 1989-90.

It's the lowest by any NHL goalie through 15 starts since Dan Cloutier (.862) in 2006-07.

He has the lowest save percentage of any goalie with at least ten games played because of how awful it is.

The Leafs continued to lead by a goal throughout the game, but it seemed like Columbus was putting the puck in the net whenever they had a chance to tie the game up. Samsonov let in six goals on 21 shots during the game.

In his last two games, Samsonov faced 30 shots and gave up nine goals.

Everyone is calling Samsonov out, especially head coach Keefe

Sheldon Keefe was not happy after the game

"Mistakes get magnified when you don't get saves."

Keefe even indicated that GM Brad Treliving is checking over his options

"I'm sure [Brad Treliving] is going to consider everything."

The Athletic writer, Jonas Siegel, is even calling for the Leafs to move on from him.

There's little doubt that Samsonov's situation in Toronto cannot get any worse. Going through the arbitration process may often destroy a goalie's confidence; this could be one of those times. Or his injuries from this season may have never completely healed. Hopefully, he can improve his performance rather than losing the ability to ever play again.
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Sheldon Keefe Criticizes Ilya Samsonov's Disappointing Performance: Waivers incoming?

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