Former Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov and the Toronto Maple Leafs were not able to come to a contract resolution before Samsonov’s scheduled arbitration hearing on Friday. Now, a neutral ruling arbitrator will decide how much Samsonov will make during the 2023-24 campaign.
The Leafs had up until the second the hearing started to be able to come to an outside agreement with the Russian netminder but now that the hearing has begun the NHL’s CBA makes that no longer possible. And, because Samsonov is one year away from unrestricted free agency, the term for his new deal can only be a maximum of one year.
The Hockey News’ David Alter was first on the reporting.