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Kaprizov won't join CSKA Moscow for 2021-22 season

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CSKA Moscow of the KHL has announced Minnesota Wild star Kirill Kaprizov will not join the club this season, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo.

The Russian outfit reportedly tried to lure Kaprizov, a restricted free agent, back overseas with a contract offer earlier this summer.

A new deal with the Wild isn't imminent, but conversations between the team and Kaprizov's representatives have picked up recently, Russo adds.

Kaprizov played three of his six KHL seasons with CSKA Moscow before joining the Wild for a stellar rookie campaign in 2020-21, during which he led Minnesota in scoring and captured the Calder Trophy. Wild general manager Bill Guerin said last week the possibility of Kaprizov returning to the KHL "doesn't bother me at all."

Kaprizov, 24, is Minnesota's sole unsigned restricted free agent. The Wild currently have approximately $13 million in cap space, according to CapFriendly.

Kaprizov won't join CSKA Moscow for 2021-22 season
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