Earlier this offseason, there were reports that CSKA Moscow was interested in bringing the wild end back Kirill Kaprizov to the KHL if things didn’t go well in terms of negotiating a new contract with Minnesota. While it was widely viewed as a stance, it appears the threat could be real, as Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports (Twitter link) that CSKA has a deal with the 24-year-old that would be announced on Sept. 1 if a deal cannot be reached with the NHL by then. He adds that the value of the one-year contract would be in the eight-figure range ($ USD).
It is worth noting that the KHL threat is the only influence Kaprizov has in the negotiations. You do not have enough time in service to be eligible for an offer slip, nor were you eligible for arbitration. Basically, this was the only card his camp could play.
Minnesota’s long-stated intention has been to lock the Calder Trophy winner on or near a maximum-term contract, but that kind of term isn’t necessarily ideal for Kaprizov’s camp. Even if the upper limit of the salary cap only increases marginally in the next few years, there is still a little more money available than there is now with the potential for more years to be in a cap environment where the escrow due to The owners has been. From his point of view, then, a short-term contract leading to UFA eligibility would be preferable, although that clearly wouldn’t work for Wild.
The end result would appear to be something in between, as Seravalli points out that a medium-term deal is something Minnesota is willing to work out. Such a contract would buy a year or two of UFA eligibility and at the same time give Kaprizov a chance to go out on the open market with an opportunity for a maximum-term deal in a financial landscape that is projected to be considerably better than what. is now.
With more than $ 19 million in capitalization space via CapFriendly, Wild GM Bill Guerin can easily afford the substantial increase looming on Kaprizov’s path and the decision to make Kevin Fiala Arbitration creates the possibility of a cheaper short-term deal that would give them even more flexibility heading into next season. Of course, that flexibility will be short-lived with purchase penalties. Ryan suter other Zach Parise increasing dramatically for 2022-23 to 2024-25.