The refreshing breeze you’ll feel throughout the Twin Cities this Monday afternoon could be a welcome relief from the wild headquarters.
Wild star Kirill Kaprizov is safe and sound in the United States, according to multiple NHL sources. He left Russia late last week in Turkey, arrived in New York City over the weekend and is scheduled to fly to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Kaprizov’s return to hockey territory came five weeks earlier than he originally thought. But in the year He bought a fake military ID card in 2017 and, regardless, his discharge from the military ends June 30. Durr, his agent and lawyers in Russia have been working hard behind the scenes since shocking reports emerged last month. to the United States before the start of training camp on Sept. 22.
Allegations that Kaprizov bought a fake military ID card appear to have been largely dismissed. Kaprizov is a student of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, which allows him to postpone his military duties. But it’s unclear whether Kaprizov will be able to leave Russia because the Wildcats got him a U.S. work visa or if agents were able to get him another military stint in Russia.
Nevertheless, Kaprizov plunged into a cold political game where he had no control over the wild future. Wild owner Craig Leipold and general manager Bill Gurin have both publicly said they fear for Kaprizov’s safe return to the United States.
When it became known that Kaprizov had been able to leave Russia, Wild asked him to leave now instead of waiting any longer.
Kaprizov was denied entry to the United States in Dubai last month and wildly shocked Kaprizov decided to return to Russia rather than wait for more clarity. But sources say he is now on American soil and will continue his on-ice and off-ice training in Minnesota in preparation for the start of the 2022-23 season.
Kaprizov recently underwent surgery in Russia for an undisclosed illness, but has been cleared to return to training and skating, sources said.
The 25-year-old He scored twice, won the league championship, captained that country’s 2017 World Junior Championship team and scored the “golden goal” in overtime at the 2018 Olympics.
In the year After being a unanimous Calder Trophy winner in 2021, Kaprizov rewrote the Durdun record book in 2021-22, with a franchise-record 47 goals, 61 assists and 108 points. He has four years left on a five-year, $45 million contract — the most lucrative sample size for someone in NHL history (55 games when he signed his contract last September).
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