The most dynamic rookie from last season is officially off the books. It has been a rocky offseason between Russian superstar Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild. After almost winning the Calder Trophy by a unanimous vote, Kaprizov was in need of a new contract by the Minnesota Wild. His numbers speak for themselves as he was in need of a major payday from the Wild. There were a lot of rumors circulating that both sides were nowhere close on an extension all offseason long. These rumors quickly escalated to Kaprizov possibly going to play in the KHL once again.
All those rumors can be put to bed once and for all. Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild have finally agreed on a contract extension for the Russian superstar to stay in the State of Hockey. This contract will make Kaprizov a very rich man in Minnesota. He signs a five-year extension that will see him earn an average of $9 million per season through the 2025-26 season.
Well… he is Kirill the Thrill, right?! 😉
The #mnwild has signed forward Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract ($9 million average annual value) that goes through the 2025-26 season.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) September 21, 2021
Kirill Kaprizov was the most anticipated rookie coming into last season. His dynamic play in the KHL made him an instant favorite heading for the Calder Trophy. He easily won that award as he was only one first-place vote away from being a unanimous winner. In 55 games last season, Kaprizov managed to put up 27 goals and 21 assists for 51 points. He lead all rookies in scoring last season.
He also managed to put up two goals and an assist in round one of the playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights. His dynamic style of play makes him an instant favorite amongst Minnesota fans. They call him “Kirill the Thrill” for a reason.
Steal of a Contract
There is one thing to determine about Kirill Kaprizov. This kid is an absolute superstar. There were rumors going around saying that Kaprizov was seeking double-figures in terms of millions per season. It seems like an absolute steal of a contract for any fan to see. While some fans might see this as a high price to pay, the Minnesota Wild have not had a dynamic winger like Kirill Kaprizov since a young Marian Gaborik.
That is the player that most fans have compared Karpizov to. He has everything you want in a young, promising player in the NHL. He has size, skill, hands, and most importantly, he has heart. Kaprizov is willing to go to the dirty areas on the ice for a greasy goal. If he continues to produce the way he did last season, he will be one of the top wingers in the entire NHL within the next few seasons.
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