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July 1st was a tough day for Golden Knights fans as the team said goodbye to multiple Stanley Cup champions and fixtures in the organization. Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson, William Carrier, Alec Martinez, and Michael Amadio all cashed in with other teams leaving the Golden Knights searching for the next group of players to step in and step up.

Vegas didn’t completely sit out the opening of free agency though. While they didn’t make any splashy moves like many did signing former Golden Knights, VGK looked to the bargain bin in pursuit of the next diamond in the rough.

They signed six unrestricted free agents, all to contracts valued at less than $2 million a year. Here’s a bit more info on each of them.

Ilya Samsonov – G
Former Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Contract: 1-year, $1.8 million

Like most goaltenders in Toronto, Samsonov was a polarizing figure in Canada’s biggest market. Talent-wise, Samsonov has everything and more that is necessary to be a true starter in the NHL. However, he hasn’t been able to put it all together, often due to mental lapses and technical flaws. Despite posting a solid record of 23-7-8 in the regular season, Samsonov’s save percentage finished at .890 and he allowed more than three goals per game at 3.13. The advanced metrics were even less kind to Samsonov as well. He ranked 87th of 98 goalies with -8.1 goals saved above expected in the regular season and 22nd of 27 in the playoffs with -0.8 GSAE.

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