Capitals, G Samsonov agree on 1-year, $2M pact


The Washington Capitals re-signed goaltender Ilya Samsonov to a one-year, $2 million contract on Monday.

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.

This season, he’ll once more compete for enjoying time in Washington with Vitek Vanecek, 25, who was taken within the enlargement draft by the Seattle Kraken, solely to be reacquired by Washington.

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.

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