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KHL Offer For Kirill Kaprizov Is On The Table

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

The ugly Kirill Kaprizov contract negotiations took another turn Monday night when the Daily Faceoff reported that the Minnesota Wild’s unsigned restricted free agent has a tentative agreement in place with CSKA Moscow on a one-year deal worth at least $10 million to begin Sept. 1 should a new contract not materialize with the Wild.

The Athletic has reported since mid-June that Kaprizov’s former KHL team would welcome him back with open arms if he can’t reach a deal with Minnesota, but the report tosses a date and an “8-figure” price tag on something Kaprizov’s camp has been threatening the Wild with all offseason.

The Wild, which began contract talks with Kaprizov’s agent Paul Theofanous in March, have long had offers on the table for seven years and eight years in the $9 million range, sources continue to say. That would be by far the richest annual contract in franchise history for the 2021 Calder Trophy winner.

Wild general manager Bill Guerin has indicated for a month that he’s willing to compromise by signing Kaprizov to a mid-range deal believed to be five or six years. However, Guerin still prefers not to sign Kaprizov to three or fewer years because the star forward can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2024.

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Call their bluff on the Russian offer. They are notorious for offering huge contracts, and then failing to pay.

Posted by pnwwing on 08/10/21 at 07:34 AM ET

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The Wild, which began contract talks with Kaprizov’s agent Paul Theofanous in March, have long had offers on the table for seven years and eight years in the $9 million range, sources continue to say. That would be by far the richest annual contract in franchise history for the 2021 Calder Trophy winner.

That is an incredibly….interesting term and value for a kid who has played a total of 55 NHL games.  This is one of those deals where normally you’d expect a “show me” contract of a couple years, maybe $5 or 6 mil/year just to prove themselves, but it looks like they are past that. 

Very interesting situation they’ve got up in Minny.  You just have to wonder if he’ll have the same consistency in upcoming years now that he’s played a half-season worth of games in the NHL.  The kid hadn’t played any hockey in North America until this season - maybe people will figure out his game a bit and start shutting him down.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/10/21 at 08:26 AM ET

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So hard to hand out these contracts especially when the guy didn’t even play in a full NHL. He literally figured out the other 7 teams in his division. You can’t award giant money and term for that. It’s all a risk and gamble on the part of the GM, I guarantee some of these guys who put up great numbers last year against a single division, won’t be able to translate that success to 82 games vs 32 teams.

Same goes for the players Yzerman signed, but to me, his deals are short term and fair pay. 9 mil for Kaprizov after buying out Suter and Parise, is way too rich.

And I agree with pnwwing, call the Russian bluff. If Kaprizov really wanted to go back to Russia, he’d be there regardless of the money.

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 08/10/21 at 08:50 AM ET

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KHL salary cap is $13 million USD.  So that leaves 3 million for the other 19 guys.  No problem.

Posted by dwgs on 08/10/21 at 09:48 AM ET

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And the highest paid player in KHL makes less than $2 mil.
But I would not be surprised if the clubs pay their stars millions under the table.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/10/21 at 01:35 PM ET

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But I would not be surprised if the clubs pay their stars millions under the table.

No…that would NEVER happen in Russia!  wink

Posted by TreKronor on 08/10/21 at 01:39 PM ET

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In mother russia, you pay team!

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/10/21 at 02:34 PM ET

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Let him go to the KHL and waste the prime of his career.

Posted by Primis on 08/10/21 at 08:09 PM ET

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Call their bluff on the Russian offer. They are notorious for offering huge contracts, and then failing to pay.

Posted by pnwwing on 08/10/21 at 08:34 AM ET

+19.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/10/21 at 08:22 PM ET

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Rossi as your center next year?  Take the deal kid!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/11/21 at 01:17 AM ET

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