Samsonov heading to the Marlies
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Waiver wire surprise regarding Ilya Samsonov

Published January 1, 2024 at 2:27 PM

Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs put Ilya Samsonov on waivers in an effort to help him get back on track and regain last season's form. It was announced this afternoon that he cleared waivers and is now eligible join the Toronto Marlies.

Samsonov is not expected to play any games for them this week, but rather spend his time working with the entire coaching staff and using all of the resources available to help him. Following Leafs practice today, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe commented on why the Leafs chose not to take this route with Samsonov.

"It's just a continuation of what's been happening here. But [now] it's removing him from the situation to focus solely on himself and his game.

From my perspective, he's a good goalie and has played a lot of good hockey for us and we have to do all we can to try to get him back. That would be the plan."

The Leafs' plan is to give him at least a week with the Marlies while allowing breakout prospect Dennis Hildeby the opportunity to earn some NHL experience. Depending on how Hildeby performs and how Samsonov does during his assignment this week, we may see these plans extend beyond this week. Time will tell.

January 1   |   1318 answers
Waiver wire surprise regarding Ilya Samsonov

Will Samsonov be back up with the Leafs by this time next week?

No, his assignment will last longer than a week125695.3 %
Yes, it will be a quick AHL assignment624.7 %
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