Guerin: Threat of Kaprizov leaving for KHL 'doesn't bother me at all'
The possibility of CSKA Moscow poaching reigning Calder Trophy winner and restricted free agent Kirill Kaprizov doesn't faze Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin.
"It's not my decision. It doesn't bother me at all," Guerin said Monday, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo.
"I think things are going well enough," he continued. "We still have lots of time, there's no rush or panic. I'm in constant communication with Kirill's agent. We continue to move forward."
Kaprizov's former KHL club has reportedly offered the dynamic winger a contract to return to his native country this coming season. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old and the Wild continue to negotiate a new NHL deal.
The Wild currently hold just over $13 million in cap space, according to Cap Friendly. Kaprizov is the club's final RFA this offseason after Kevin Fiala signed his new deal on Monday.
Kaprizov was the Wild's fifth-round pick in 2015, and last season was his first in the NHL after playing five years in Russia. He made an immediate impact in Minnesota, leading the team with 51 points over 55 games to help the Wild reach the playoffs.
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