Fans in Minnesota have been more than patient. We just want an agreement to be announced already! Last week, Wild insider Michael Russo for The Athletic got us excited when he claimed that the team and restricted free agent Kirill Kaprizov were very close to an agreement on a hefty contract.
Russo believed the Wild “compromised on term, pretty much at 5-years.” He also reported that he thinks “money is pretty close in $9M AAV range.
But no deal has been set in place, and now, Sportsnet’s Rory Boylen, Kaprizov also needs to make compromises of his own to get things done prior to training camp.
“According to The Athletic’s Michael Russo, the two sides had very different ideas of what an extension would look like early on in negotiations. While the Wild, understandably, were pushing for a seven- or eight-year deal around a $9 million AAV, Kaprizov’s camp was more inclined to go three years and walk right to UFA eligibility. That’s about the worst outcome for the team, though.
As negotiations continue, last week Russo reported that both sides seem to be making compromises to make a deal work, with Kaprizov willing to sign over some UFA years and the Wild open to less than max term.”
As you may remember, the Wild was scared of losing Kaprizov earlier this month when it was reported that the top rookie had a contract in place in the Kontinental Hockey League. But that leverage isn’t there anymore with the 2021-22 KHL season kicking off on Sept. 1.
The Calder winner led rookies in goals (27), points (51), power-play goals (eight) and shots on goal (157) in 55 games. He was second in even-strength points (38) and power-play points (13) and was tied for third in plus/minus rating (plus-10). On top of that, he led Wild in goals, points, points per game (0.93) and overtime goals (two), and scored three game-winning goals. Kaprizov, who averaged 18:18 of ice time per game and had a shooting percentage of 17.2 percent, scored the most goals, assists and points by a rookie in Wild history.
Fans want to see him back and probably hope that he now decides to compromise.