As Kirill Kaprizov contract talks go silent, Wild GM admits there are ‘some obstacles’

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Two months after denying that his negotiations with Kirill Kaprizov had reached an impasse, Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin acknowledged they aren’t going as planned.

“There are going to be some obstacles,” Guerin told The Athletic’s Michael Russo on Monday.

“I will say this, we are at a point where we feel we’re being extremely fair,” Guerin added. “How far apart are we? Not very, but sometimes those can be the things that take a while. I mean, that’s the way I see it. You could ask (Kaprizov’s agent) Paul (Theofanous) or Kirill and they might say something very different.”

The GM wouldn’t go into detail about the talks, but Russo reports the Wild have offered the 24-year-old winger deals of varying lengths at an average annual value of about $9 million.