A new report is breaking tonight that Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov has a legit offer from a KHL team. Pierre LeBrun says that CSKA Moscow is the team trying to lure the Calder Trophy winner back home. He also admits he isn’t sure where any of this will go.
Kirill Kaprizov has offer from KHL CSKA Moscow
There was a hint of some trouble brewing in Minnesota and Kaprizov back in June. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes broke the story he was in Russia and negotiating with CSKA for a return that would also include the Olympics.
LeBrun is now confirming that the offer from CSKA is indeed a big one. This could be more than just a leverage play by the 24 year-old offensive star if he doesn’t get what he wants.
At this point, Kirill is only interested in a two year deal that will take him to UFA status at 27. Kaprizov fully believes he’s a 10 million plus type player. The Wild are trying to lock him up for a full 8 years, a deal he’s already rejected.
Will he leave the Wild?
The Minnesota Wild and Kirill Kaprizov supposedly met last week to restart negotiations. At this time, no concrete word has come out about how that scheduled meeting went. This is really an odd situation where the team wants to go a full 8 years but the player is only interested in a bridge deal.
Why? Is Kaprizov looking to play elsewhere in the NHL? Is he leaving his options open to return home to Russia and play in the KHL? The options all appear to be there.
Michael Russo who covers the Wild for The Athletic was recently on Frank Seravalli’s podcast and believes the two sides will meet in the middle.
“Both sides are going to have to compromise,” Russo started to explain. “Billy Guerin needs to understand Kaprizov doesn’t want to sign a longterm deal. Kaprizov has to understand that Minnesota waited five years for him to get here – they will have to settle on a 4-5 year deal.”
Russo also speculated that the Wild offer was around $9 million over the span of 8 years which Kaprizov rejected. Ultimately, this could be similar to the bridge contract Matthew Barzal got with the Islanders.
This is all in doubt, but one thing seems likely to me. If Kaprizov bolts for the KHL, Bill Guerin will then go all in for Jack Eichel.