Samsonov, 24, was a restricted free agent after posting a 13-4-1 mark final season with two shutouts. He struggled within the postseason — very similar to a lot of the Capitals did — dropping all of his three playoff begins in Washington’s first-round loss to the Boston Bruins.
Chosen by Washington at No. 22 total in 2015, Samsonov’s season was paused twice this 12 months because of COVID-19 protocols. He’s 29-10-3 with a 2.61 goals-against common for his profession, ending second in wins amongst rookies in 2019-20 with 16.
The Capitals, nonetheless outfitted with a lot of the core that helped the franchise win its first Stanley Cup in 2018, are content material to be younger in web, with a lot of their wage cap tied into their skaters.
Washington has been searching for potential suitors for a commerce to take middle Evgeny Kuznetsov — and his wage — off its arms, however he stays on the roster for now. He has 4 extra seasons on his deal at $7.8 million in opposition to the cap per 12 months.
The Capitals re-signed Alex Ovechkin when free company opened this summer season, giving him a deal that can pay him $9.5 million in opposition to the cap for the subsequent 5 seasons, so finally the group might want to release some area for added strikes.
Within the interim, the membership can relaxation straightforward realizing its goaltender scenario is fiscally accountable. With Samsonov at a $2 million price ticket, and Vanecek at $716,667, the membership has one of many extra economical tandems within the NHL.
The Related Press contributed to this report.