Samsonov to Miss Postseason For Capitals

Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov in 2019. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/Shutterstock (10444452s)

As a result of an undisclosed injury, goaltender Ilya Samsonov will not appear again for the Washington Capitals for the remainder of the season.

It has already been confirmed that the rookie backup goalie will not be traveling with his team to Toronto for the Stanley Cup qualifiers, instead opting to remain in Washington in order to continue receiving treatment.

Capitals coach Todd Reirden had this to say on the update, “It’s disappointing for the player, disappointing for us. He’s a guy that’s a really good young prospect for us, so to not have him with us is disappointing. I thought he’s made some strides and put together a pretty good run this year, so to be without him is certainly disappointing, but the right thing to do is to leave him here and allow him to get treatment, so that he is ready to go next year when we have that opportunity to start playing hockey again.”

As per his team’s policy, Reirden declined to discuss the details of Samsonov’s injury or the circumstances in which he was injured. The Russian national traveled to Russia in March citing concerns over coronavirus, however he returned to Washington at the start of July in time for the start of training camp. Despite his return, he did not participate in any training exercises.