The Kirill Watch has Finally Ended

ST. PAUL, MN - MAY 20: Kirill Kaprizov #97 of the Minnesota Wild looks on against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second period in Game Three of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 20, 2021 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Golden Knights defeated the Wild 5-2. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

The wait is finally over. Wild fans can finally go to sleep at night knowing Kirill Kaprizov has been officially re-signed by the team. This off-season had roller coaster moments when it came to the contract negotiations between the team and Kirill’s camp.

At one point there were rumors that Kaprizov may just stay in Russia and play in the KHL. Luckily for the team, Kirill came to terms today with a 5 year, 45 million dollar contract.

At first glance I would assume it’s more money than what Bill Guerin was hoping to give up, however it is the length I’m assuming that is favorable for the team. When contract negotiations began it was believed Kaprizov wanted a short term deal due to the expectation of the salary cap going up in the next few years.

The Wild already are paying some deep debts with the buyouts of both Ryan Suter, and Zach Parise. Kaprizov has to be excited to receive 9 million a year making him the highest paid player on the Wild. Keeping Kirill in the lineup keeps the team as a playoff contender for years to come. 

“Kirill the Thrill” is believed to already be in North America, and expects to arrive in Minnesota tomorrow for the start of camp. If he is indeed vaccinated, he will be able to do an in-person  press conference tomorrow to announce the new contract. It’s been quite some time since a Minnesota Wild reporter has been able to speak to Kirill in person, so there will be a lot of excitement in the room.

The organization has to be thrilled as well to have #97 back in the building and ready to work.  The team starts training camp this Thursday and have their first preseason game on September 25th against the St. Louis Blues. The Wild start the regular season on October 15th in Anaheim against the Ducks.

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