ST. PAUL, Minn. – Kirill Kaprizov is not eligible to play for the Minnesota Wild in the playoffs or the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the team is ready to use the first season if the prospect signs a two-year entry contract.
On Friday, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association ratified a four-year extension to the CBA. It will continue at least during the 2025-26 season.
Kaprizov, a fifth-round pick (No. 135) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, led the Kontinental Hockey League with 33 goals and finished third with 62 points in 57 games this season. The 23-year-old helped Olympic athletes from Russia win the gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, scoring nine points (five goals, four assists) in six games.
Guerin also said that if Kaprisov signed, he would be eligible to participate in training camp (phase 3) and could travel with the Wild in Edmonton on July 26. Minnesota (35-27-7, 558 percentage points) enters qualifying as the No. 10 seed at the Western Conference. The Wild to play No. 7 seed, Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6; .565), in one of the best eight streaks of 5, with the playoff winner and the loser a chance in Choice # 1 of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the second phase of the NHL Entry Lottery.
The series begins Sunday August 2.
“I just think having him in the mix and having him sign would be nice,” said Guerin. “If he could come and discover the region, meet some of his future teammates, see how things are going here, I think that would certainly be an advantage. ”
Kaprisov’s contract cannot include a signing bonus or a performance bonus payable this season. It may contain a signing bonus payable next season, as long as it is dated to be paid after the opening of this off-season free agent signing period, which begins after the 2020 NHL Entry Draft (scheduled for 9 October 10) and the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final.
“It was just another issue that was on the table and addressed and debated on both sides like anything else,” said NHLPA special trainer Mathieu Schneider. “We talked to agents, we talked to players, and it’s not something our staff sits on and makes a decision or takes a position on. We do this with a lot of contributions from a lot of people. The same goes for none of these things that are traded in a CBA. But this one in particular, the players obviously do not have an extreme vision on this subject, so we count on the agents to make these ideas rebound. ”
But with five years that have passed since the writing of Kaprizov, the Wild finally hopes to have him in the fold.
“We’re just working on these things and trying to get them to sign and get them involved,” said Guerin. “It was a long process. I know everyone is excited about it, but we’re still trying to work [to bring him here], soon I hope. “