Russian phenom Kaprizov staying in KHL, 'huge disappointment' to the Wild - Bring Me The News

Russian phenom Kaprizov staying in KHL, 'huge disappointment' to the Wild

The Wild had hopes of getting the 19-year-old Russian sensation in time for the 2018-19 season.

Kirill Kaprizov could be a superstar for the Wild in the NHL, but it looks as if the Wild will have to wait in line before the phenom leaves the KHL in Russia. 

CSKA Moscow announced Thursday that Kaprizov has signed a new deal that will keep him in Russia through 2020. His previous deal was set to expire after the 2017-18 season.

The most dependable source for information on everything Wild is beat writer Michael Russo, who told a podcast this week that Kaprizov staying in Russia is a huge blow to the Wild. 

“It looks like the Wild have no control over this kid,” Russo said on The Natural Hat Trick Podcast. “He has fired his North American agents, from what I understand — which happens to be Octagon, by the way — and it looks like he is signing an extension to continue playing in Moscow for at least another two years, which would give him three more years in the KHL. Which is a huge disappointment for the Wild. The Wild have no clue what this contract looks like, if there’s a way to buy him out and get him over here. So right now, they’re going under the belief that they’re not going to see him for a couple years, which is a huge disappointment.”

In late May, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told Russo and the Star Tribune that he believes Kaprizov will join the Wild for the 2018-19 season. 

"He’s a heck of a player. I think he’ll be ready to step in and be a good hockey player for us a year from now," Fletcher said. "That’s our expectation and our hope. We haven’t been notified of anything to the contrary.”

Now, the only way Kaprizov could join the Wild prior to 2020 is if the Wild buy out his contract. How they would do that, if it's even possible, is unknown. 

The 19-year-old winger captained Russia's junior team and is expected to be a member of their Olympic team in February. 

Next Up

enbridge line 3

Complaint argues that Line 3 pipeline replacement is no longer needed

Honor the Earth filed the petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday.

danny lee bettcher

Minnesota man who had 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Danny Lee Bettcher is considered the most prolific drunken driver in Minnesota history.

coronavirus Wisconsin

Health leader calls Wisconsin's COVID-19 situation a 'nightmare scenario'

Wisconsin is reporting record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

adam weeks

MN GOPers facing new claims they recruited legal pot candidates to run in swing races

Republicans have allegedly been encouraging people to run as legal marijuana candidates to take votes away from Democrats.

clayton brandt

Victim of car crash identified as Lake City firefighter

Lake City firefighter Clayton Brandt died after a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday.

hy-vee sterile carts

Hy-Vee starts using automated system to disinfect shopping carts

By mid-November, more than 200 Hy-Vee stores will have this system in place.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.


Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.


Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.


Watch: Kirill Kaprizov scores another stunning goal in the KHL

The Wild prospect can't come to the NHL until 2020.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild sign phenom Kirill Kaprizov to 2-year contract

The 23-year-old has been a superstar in Russia for five years already.

Kirill Kaprizov is still lightning it up in the KHL

Hopefully he'll play in Minnesota one day.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild prospect Kaprizov breaks point-per-game barrier in KHL

It's the first time the 22-year-old phenom has done it.

Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov scores Olympic winner in overtime for Russia

Wild fans will go crazy when he finally arrives in Minnesota.

Kirill Kaprizov

Voted the next big star, Wild can't wait to get Kirill Kaprizov

Voted as the next big star in North America, the hype is getting real for the Wild prospect.

5 of the biggest disappointments about the Wild this season

Still in the playoff picture, the Wild don't have many believers.