3 Players Toronto Maple Leafs Should Not Re-Sign in Free Agency

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Seven
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No. 3: Ilya Samsonov

I've shared a ton of criticism about Ilya Samsonov over the past few years, but I have to give him credit.

He performed well enough for the Leafs to win Game 7 against the Boston Bruins, but the team in front of him, failed him.

Regardless, Samsonov cannot return to the Leafs.

Although his comeback story was impressive, Joseph Woll should be the team's number-one starting goalie next year and for the future. Injuries have been catching up to Woll, but he's worth the risk, especially because of his contract.

Currently on his Entry Level Contract, Woll can give the Leafs so much flexibility next year if he's the starter and as a result, Samsonov needs to go.

Like I mentioned before, Samsonov's comeback was great, but he was still one of the worst goalies in the NHL this year and doesn't really deserve another contract. He had a below .900 SV% and above 3.00 GAA, which should make the decision easy.


There will be a team desperate enough to give Samsonov another shot next year, but it shouldn't be the Leafs, as they should run with Woll and sign/trade for a better goalie.