Former Washington Capital teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov
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Canes forward rips Toronto media and fans to shreds over treatment of players in the city

Published March 17, 2024 at 10:51
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Evgeny Kuznetsov spoke to the media Saturday afternoon in Toronto before his team, the Carolina Hurricanes, prepared to take the ice in Toronto to face off against the Maple Leafs.

The Stanley Cup champion was asked a few questions, but one topic was consistent throughout the chat with the media and it was regarding Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who is a close friend of Kuznetsov.

He stood up for his former Washington Capitals teammate during the interview and spoke vocally about how the Maple Leafs media and fanbase put far too much pressure on players in Toronto and why it's difficult to play in this city.

Kuznetsov on how the media and fans put too much pressure on Leafs players:


"You guys have been so hard on the players here in general and over time. I'm glad he (Samsonov) doesn't speak English well, so he doesn't understand everything and that is huge for him." - Kuznetsov on Leafs media and fans being too hard on Samsonov earlier this season

It's no secret that Toronto is one of the most difficult cities to play in because of the constant scrutiny. This has led to many players passing on the pressure-filled city for teams where the spotlight doesn't follow one around everywhere at all times.

Kuznetsov also said to the media that Samsonov's best hockey is ahead of him, so maybe he was implying that the Maple Leafs media and fans should continue to have more faith in the Leafs' starting netminder, since he has played so well with the crowd behind him since his return from his AHL assignment.

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Canes forward rips Toronto media and fans to shreds over treatment of players in the city

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