The Washington Capitals have reportedly been looking into upgrading their goaltending situation, and now, according to reports on the Réseau des Sports (RDS), the Montreal Canadiens have reached out to them about their apparent interest in Ilya Samsonov.
In 28 games this season, he is 16-7-3 with a 2.83 GAA and .906 save percentage. The 24 year-old Russian goaltender will be a RFA at the end of the 2021-22 season. He is on a one-year, $2 million bridge deal. Samsonov has been picking up his play of late, and recently set a new career-high in consecutive games played (7). In his last six games, he has registered a .919 save percentage, which includes a .928 SV% over the last three games.
Washington reportedly is not only reportedly out to upgrade its goalie situation and also add forwards. They have been scouting the Canadiens for a while, according to Le Journal de Montreal J-F Chaumont, but had two scouts at the game against the St. Louis Blues.
The Canadiens could be searching for some security since Carey Price doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to returning and seeing that Cayden Primeau is not NHL ready. Jake Allen has one year left to his contract after this one, with a cap hit of $2.875 million.
The names of Mike Hoffman and Artturi Lehkonen have often been mentioned in rumours lately.