After a dominant rookie campaign that saw Kirill Kaprizov make a name for himself as perhaps the most dynamic player to don a Wild sweater, the player and the club have reached a more difficult phase of their partnership: keeping the 24-year-old in the game. Minnesota.
Kaprizov burst onto the scene in his NHL debut season in 2020-21, scoring nearly one point per game (27 goals and 51 points in 55 games), enough to earn him the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie, and to break franchise records for most points and goals by a rookie.
Now he and The Wild remained locked in a tense contract negotiation, with Kaprizov as a 10.2 (c) restricted free agent, which means he needs a new deal to return next season and is safe from getting caught by another club from the NHL through an offer. sheet.
But it appears the Wilds have a bigger problem to worry about, as Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported Monday that KHL club CSKA Moscow, with whom Kaprizov played for three seasons before his recent NHL debut, has offered him the young winger a one-year contract. at least $ 10 million to return to Russia.
Update: Hearing that Kirill Kaprizov has a tentative agreement with CSKA Moscow on a one-year, 8-figure ($ USD) agreement that will begin on September 1, in the event that a new contract with #mnwild.
However, the savages seem ready and willing to negotiate a medium-term deal. [1/2]
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) August 9, 2021
The Wild currently has roughly $ 19.7 million in cap space with Kaprizov and his partner, star forward Kevin Fiala, the only remaining code names to re-sign.
According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, The Wild have had offers on the table for Kaprizov in the range of seven or eight years at $ 9 million per year, any of which would equal the richest contract in franchise history. According to Russo, Wild’s general manager, Bill Guerin, would be willing to reduce that period to five or six years, but not less than three years, since Kaprizov could become an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
Seravalli’s Notes that the initial problem with the negotiations was Wild’s original inclination to stick to a seven- or eight-year deal. However, both he and Russo report that agreements for several different terms are now on the table. The remaining problem appears to be Kaprizov’s side pushing for more money in the short term, according to Russo.
The Wild originally selected Kaprizov in the fifth round in 2015. The young winger has already won a KHL championship and a pair of Russian league goal titles, along with his first NHL trophy. Internationally, he already has an Olympic gold medal to his name (where he led the tournament in goals), a silver and a bronze in the junior world championship (leading the tournament in points and goals in the last of those two efforts) and a championship. world. bronze.