The Leafs will enter the 2022-23 season with an entirely new goaltending tandem after Jack Campbell
walked away via free agency and Petr Mrazek
was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks at the draft. For better or worse, Dubas and company are hitching their wagon to former two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray
and 2015 22nd overall draft pick Ilya Samsonov
In terms of how they will be deployed, it was originally thought that Matt Murray
would be given some runway as the team's clear cut number one, but that doesn't actually seem to be the case. Per Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, the plan is to operate with a bit more of a net-share philosophy until one or the other emerges as the team's true number one. Keefe revealed that labelling a number one goaltender wasn't something that the team ever planned to do during training camp.
Both Murray and Samsonov have struggled in recent seasons, but both players showed flashes of brilliance last year. For Murray, it was playing a short run of games last season as one of the league's top goalies before two brutal starts and an injury derailed his season. For Samsonov, it was posting a solid .912 SV% in the playoffs against a Presidents Trophy winning Florida Panthers team who led the league in scoring last season.
Neither player is coming into this season with the unwavering confidence of Leafs Nation behind them, but a strong start can do a lot in rallying the fanbase behind these two intriguing netminders.
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