Wild ink Kaprizov to 5-year, $45M deal


The Minnesota Wild re-signed forward Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year contract with an average annual value of $9 million, the team announced Tuesday.

Contract negotiations between the two sides were ongoing for the entire offseason, with general manager Bill Guerin saying on Sept. 13 that there were “obstacles” holding up talks. There were also rumors Kaprizov would return to the KHL.

Kaprizov, 24, dominated in his first year in the NHL. He was the near-unanimous winner of the Calder Trophy – receiving 99 of 100 first-place votes – after scoring 27 goals and adding 24 assists in 55 games en route to the club’s trip to the postseason.

The Wild selected Kaprizov in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, but he first spent five seasons playing in the KHL.