Kaprizov, the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie last season, is a 10.2 restricted free agent, which means he can negotiate only with the Wild. His other option would be to go back to Russia, where he has been a star for three seasons and apparently has a one-year deal with his former club waiting.
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The Minnesota Wild were never going to easily be able to re-sign Kirill Kaprizov. Both sides desire different resolutions: The Wild want to lock up their star long-term, while Kaprizov is seeking a short-term deal in hopes of landing a big payday while he’s still in his prime.
With all of that said, Kirill Kaprizov and his agent, Paul Theofanus, are playing a dangerous game with how they have handled the contract negotiations with the Wild so far.