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Pat Quinn
September 29, 2023  (10:12)
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Ilya Samsonov dealt with quite a few injuries in 2022-23, including one that took him out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where he was playing well.

The Russian goalie signed a one-year deal for the 2023-24 season and is expected to take on the starters role completely.

Is Samsonov Ready?

The Maple Leafs' plan with Samsonov is to increase his conditioning and evolve his playing style, so he can better adjust to handling more games played and get injured less.
Samsonov played in 42 games last season, compiling a 27-10-5 record with four shutouts and a 0.919 save percentage.
He was injured in November and March for stretches, and after playing well in the playoffs as the Leafs finally passed the first round, he was hurt in game two and did not return.

This Coming Season

Ilya Samsonov is slated to start a game this weekend against the Montreal Canadiens, his first action of the exhibition. It is a later start than normal for the 26-year-old, as the team has been working on his conditioning and goalie details.
In the off-season Samsonov took up yoga, which should help the athletic goaltender avoid injury.
The plan from the Toronto Maple Leafs is to ramp up Samsonov's play as the season progresses. He is ready to be the #1 starter for the Maple Leafs and is eager to impress enough to earn a long-term contract at the end of the season where he is slated to become a UFA.
Samsonov needs to have a big season to help the Maple Leafs secure first in the Atlantic Division.
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