At long last, the Kirill Kaprizov saga has come to an end. Kirill Kaprizov has resigned with the Minnesota Wild on a five year deal worth $45 million. The Wild was the only NHL team that was able to sign him since he has not played enough NHL games which makes him a certain type of restricted free agent.
CSKA Moscow in the KHL was a threat to bring Kaprizov back to Russia initially. However, it was later determined that was just a negotiating tactic attempting to get the Wild to sign a deal that he wanted. In the end, the KHL was never in play and did not have a roster spot for him on CSKA Moscow.
Wild GM Bill Guerin had said that there was no rush to sign Kaprizov. He even stated that he would be content if a deal did not get done. That is absolutely ridiculous. Without question this was the best player on the team during the 2020-2021 season, and it wasn’t even close. More should have been done as an organization to get this deal done much sooner.
Kaprizov and his camp are also at fault. The plan was to get a short term deal done without a lot of money allowing for an early trip to free agency. The Wild wanted a long term deal with a lot of money attached to it. An offer worth $72 million was rejected early on in the process. However, both sides came to what appears to be a compromise.
Does He Really Want To Be There?
It really doesn’t seem like it. It’s not everyday you hear about an athlete turning down a big pay day for a quick out. But for now, Wild fans can rest easy knowing that Kirill The Thrill is back in the state of hockey through the 2025-2026 season.
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