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Calder Cup Winner Kirill Kaprizov Rejects Huge Long-Term Contract Offer From Wild

Kirill Kaprizov has rejected an 8-year contract that would have paid him $9 million per season, via Michael Russo of the Athletic. Kaprizov currently wants to sign a shorter deal (roughly 4-5 years long) because he believes he will become a $10 to $11 million per year player in the future.


In 55 games this past shortened season, the 24-year-old winger scored 27 goals and recorded 51 points. This easily made him go on to win the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. Therefore, it is understandable that the Wild want to lock him up as long as possible.

It’s a head scratcher to say the least that Kaprizov wants to play it out instead of taking a hefty and quite fair contract offer to him. We’ll see how both sides keep going at this but in his case this may come back to bite him especially that longevity of careers are never promised.

Also let’s not forget a month ago it was believed Kaprizov was going to leave the NHL and sign in the KHL.

Time will tell if the Wild can lock up their young star player at a favorable contract to each party.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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