NHL: Kirill Kaprizov still in Russia, Adrian Kempe to re-signs with Kings, and more

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Dec 16, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Buffalo Sabres in the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The situation regarding Kirill Kaprizov becomes more concerning by the day. According to reports, Kaprizov allegedly bought a falsified military ID card in 2017 and is being held in Russia.

At the NHL Draft, GM Bill Guerin didn’t appear concerned but couldn’t comment on it any further.

A new report from Michael Russo of The Athletic states Kaprizov was denied entry back into the U.S. twice. It was also noted that it could be visa related but with the current political climate and concerns are justified.

Kaprizov, 25, recorded 108 points in 81 games to follow up a Calder winning rookie season. He’s entering the second year of a 5-year deal with an AAV of $9 million.

Adrian Kempe re-signs with Kings

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May 10, 2022; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Los Angeles Kings forward Adrian Kempe (9) scores the over-time winning gaol against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) in game five of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings and forward Adrian Kempe have a four-year extension in place with an AAV of $5.5 million.

Kempe, 25, scored 35 goals and 54 points in 78 games this past season. He was selected in the first-round by the Kings in 2014. For his career, he’s totaled 90 goals and 186 points in 390 contests.

Predators trade Luke Kunin to Sharks

The Nashville Predators traded forward Luke Kunin to the San Jose Sharks on Friday in exchange for forward John Leonard and a third-round selection in 2023.

Kunin, 24, registered 22 points in 82 games for the Predators. The former first-round pick by the Wild in 2016 has amassed 93 points in 251 games.

Panthers extend Eetu Luostarinen

On Friday, the Florida Panthers signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a two-year contract extension with an AAV of $1.5M.

Luostarinen, 23, recorded 26 points in 78 games last year.