Did Minnesota surrender? There no longer expects to sign a contract with Kaprizov for 8 years
The epic of negotiations on a new contract between 24-year-old Russian striker Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild NHL continues. The parties still cannot shake hands, and Kirill himself is in Moscow. For example, the other day he was spotted at a football match with the participation of Lokomotiv and Zenit in the company with Alexander Radulov .
At the same time, in “Minnesota”, without arbitration, they were able to agree with another leading striker – Kevin Fiala. It is noted that Fiala will receive $ 5.1 million. The contract is for only one season.
After the re-signing of the contract with Fiala, Minnesota have only two players left without agreements for the 2021/2022 season. These are forwards Kirill Kaprizov and Mason Shaw , who spent the last three seasons in the farm club of the “savages” in the AHL. At the moment, Minnesota has free $ 13 million under the salary cap.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian had signed a preliminary agreement with CSKA for $ 10 million, which will enter into force on September 1 – if a new contract with Wild is not signed. Such news looks more like a lever of pressure on the North American club so that the leadership of the “savages” move faster, but as they say, what the hell is not kidding? In this situation, it is just right to prepare for anything, and “Minnesota” is in a losing position.
“It is important to remember that although Kaprizov only played 55 games in the NHL, he has earned the right to claim what he thinks he is worth. He also earned the right to use a possible deal with CSKA as leverage against Wild, and nothing prevents him from heading back to Russia. Last season, he was the top rookie of the season in goals and points, won the Calder Trophy and helped the Wild win a bunch of matches. And in return he received only $ 1.6 million minus the escrow. Kirill Kaprizov owes nothing to Minnesota, – said the famous journalist Ken Campbell.
We will remind, Kaprizov spent his first season in the NHL. In 55 matches, he scored 51 (27 + 24) points with a utility of “+10”. In the playoffs, he played seven matches in which he scored 3 (2 + 1) points. The forward received the Calder Trophy, an award given to the best NHL rookie of the season.
The losing position of “Minnesota” is confirmed by the authoritative North American edition of The Athletic. Wilde general manager Bill Guerin is reportedly continuing active negotiations with the Russian forward, who is a restricted free agent, and his representative. However, the club no longer expects to sign the maximum, eight-year contract with the Russian. Did Minnesota surrender? Very similar to this.
Although Guerin himself, apparently, is quite optimistic. Another North American journalist Michael Russo, who works closely with the club, shared the details of the negotiations on the extension of the contract with the striker.
“Guerin said that with Kaprizov” things are going well enough and we continue to move forward. ” He said that there is constant communication with Kaprizov’s agent. This will be a longer deal than Fiala.
Guerin said the following about the threat of Kirill’s departure to the KHL: “This is not my decision. It doesn’t bother me at all, ”the message says.
Well, let’s see how this whole story ends up in the end. Cyril clearly does not want to be bound by a long-term contract with Minnesota. Of course, Kaprizov has a normal desire in the future to enter the market of unlimited free agents and subscribe to a top club from a large city. And, I think, the Russian will definitely translate this desire into reality.