NHL Rumors: More hurdles for Wild and Kirill Kaprizov; Brady Tkachuk 11th hour extension?

Two big RFA’s were believed close to signing new extension, but it appears that respective fans of those teams will need to wait.

Both Kirill Kaprizov and Brady Tkachuk continue to work on new deals but it sounds like it’s taking longer than expected.

At this point I feel like the Canucks will have both Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes done before these two sign.

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NHL Rumors: Wild and Kaprizov

The two sides have been at a standstill since April when Kaprizov rejected an 8 year-deal. Kaprizov, 24, is only interested in a short term deal. The Wild wanted to lock him up at for longer but it appears the two-sides may be close to a new contract with the term being 5 years in length.

Michael Russo of The Athletic wrote at the beginning of the month that Kaprizov became willing to go beyond his initial two year deal. He also believes that the money will still be significant, in the $9 million dollar range.

With training camp about a week away, Kaprizov remains in Russia and the two sides have not spoken in the last week, Russo reports. GM Bill Guerin even admitted that there are still “obstacles” they need to overcome.

Kirill Kaprizov led all rookies in goals (27), points (51) and power-play goals (eight) in 55 games this past season. His totals in goals, assists (24) and points served as records by a rookie in franchise history.

NHL Rumors: Senators and Tkachuk

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Apr 19, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Optimism still remains that a deal between the Sens and Tkachuk will get done, but it sounds like it may take up until the last minute to accomplish.

It’s believed talks are centre around trying to get an eight-year deal in place and those discussions have been ongoing and are continuing. It’s believed the Senators have tabled a eight-year contract offer worth $64 million. That would mirror the extension Thomas Chabot signed in Sept., 2019 that pays him $8 million per-season.

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Citizen

The general consensus is if a long-term deal can’t be worked out, the two sides seem to be ok with getting a bridge deal done before camp.

Tkachuk, 21, has scored 125 points in 198 career games all with Ottawa. The Sens see him as the face of the franchise along with Thomas Chabot. Either one of them could be named the next captain in Ottawa.