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A Five-Year Deal For Kirill Kaprizov And The Minnesota Wild

from Dan Myers of the Minnesota Wild website,

Breathe, Wild fans. Kirill Kaprizov is locked up for the foreseeable future.

Minnesota's Calder Trophy winner, who led all NHL rookies in goals and points last season, signed a five-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday on the eve of NHL training camp, which begins Wednesday with media day and Thursday with on-ice practice.

Kaprizov won't be there for the first few days of camp, as he has a number of loose ends to tie up he'll be allowed on the ice at TRIA Rink. He's expected in the Twin Cities shortly, but he'll have quarantine and perhaps a COVID vaccination to take care of before he's able to practice.

But the bottom line is, when the Wild opens the regular season on Oct. 15 against the Anaheim Ducks, Kaprizov will be there.

Wild General Manager Bill Guerin never panicked this summer as questions about Kaprizov's status became louder and louder.

"It'll take care of itself," was Guerin's common refrain, from June and July, right on through to this past weekend, when Guerin was again asked for an update.

"I honestly have nothing new to tell you," Guerin said on Sunday. "I'd tell you, but I really don't have anything."

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How many rookies will follow suit next year and demand 10% or more of a teams cap.  This years class is loaded with talent and they just let an RFA set the bar.  I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if a cap for RFAs is brought up for the next cba.

Posted by SevensForTed on 09/21/21 at 07:17 PM ET

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^^^THIS.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 09/21/21 at 07:36 PM ET

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The fact he isn’t vaxed and ready for the season is laughable. I bet he’s not in Minny for a majority of that contract.

Posted by beantownredwings on 09/21/21 at 08:05 PM ET

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Expect the KHL to keep making these big offers to young-but-unproven talent in the NHL, esp Russians. They’ll likely sign more than a few kids to much bigger deals than they’d get in NA. It’ll be interesting to see what the NHL does to keep up with this.

Posted by Steeb on 09/21/21 at 09:55 PM ET

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The KHL threat will work until a few kids get burned when they don’t actually receive the money they signed for…..

Posted by pnwwing on 09/22/21 at 06:00 AM ET

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Posted by pnwwin

Does that happen a lot? Maybe it does, but I’ve never heard of such a thing.

Posted by Steeb on 09/22/21 at 10:59 AM ET

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