Ilya Samsonov Arbitration Ruling Handed Down

The verdict is in, following Friday's arbitration case between the Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender Ilya Samsonov. The netminder wanted $4.9M while the team offered $2.4M. The arbitrator has leaned slightly in favor of the Leafs.

It's a $3.55M ruling for team's No. 1 goalie, pretty much doubling his salary from last season, when he played on a one-year, $1.8M deal with Toronto. 

The 26-year-old emerged as the Leafs' top option between the pipes last season, as he had his best season in the NHL, going 27-10-5 with a .919 save percentage and 2.33 goals-against average in 42 games. He also helped lead the Buds to their first playoff round victory in 19 years. 

Samsonov has a four-year career mark of  79-32-13 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .908 save percentage. He was the 22nd overall pick in the first round by the Washington Capitals in the 2015 Draft. 

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