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Leafs Star Opens Up About hIs struggles with mental health


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Hunter Bowman
October 27, 2023  (4:51 PM)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have turned to Joseph Woll as their go-to goalie, sidelining Ilya Samsonov.

Woll's recent standout performances have earned him the top spot, while Samsonov grapples with the mental challenges of this new role.
Despite his internal struggles, Samsonov is determined to persevere, acknowledging,
"I'm a guy who will be fighting through this. I will be fighting every day."

In recent years, NHL players have become more open about discussing mental health issues, and Samsonov's candid admission is a reflection of this trend.
The pressure on him is undeniably intense, particularly with Woll's strong performance in his 18 games, boasting a 2.24 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Samsonov's shaky start this season has resulted in him losing his starting position to the 25-year-old goalie.
Woll's emergence has even sparked rumors that Samsonov might find himself on the trade block in Toronto, given his contract situation.
Samsonov is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2023-24 season, having been awarded a one-year, $3.55 million contract this summer. In contrast, Woll is locked in for another season with a modest $766K cap hit.
Samsonov, currently 2-1-0 this season with a .831 save percentage, is putting in the work to regain his form, closely collaborating with goaltending coach Curtis Sanford in practice.
While he teeters on the brink of losing the starting position to Woll, this challenge could be the motivation Samsonov needs to reclaim his spot as the Maple Leafs' starter. Time will tell if his determination propels him forward.
Source: Hockeyfeed
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Leafs Star Opens Up About hIs struggles with mental health

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