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Bill Guerin, general manager of Minnesota Wild, said talks on Tuesday are going “pretty slow” Kirill Kaprisov despite the team making a so-called “very good” offer to the restricted free agent.
Kaprizov, who won the Calder Trophy last season, led all rookies with 27 goals and 51 points in 55 games with the Wild. He spent the previous six seasons in the KHL.
“Pretty slow at the moment, but nothing I’m really worried about,” Guerin said of contract negotiations, per NHL.com. “There are a lot of other teams with good players who haven’t signed yet. So I’m not here worrying every day.”
The 24-year-old left winger had been linked with his former KHL club, CSKA Moscow earlier this season, but a reported deadline to return to the Russian club has passed. Kaprizov is not eligible for an offer slip from any other NHL club.
With training camps scheduled to open next week, Guerin, his own personal experience, has made him tired of seeing players stand their ground.
“You know my track record. I held out twice, and neither time worked out well for me,” Guerin said. “We have had players who have missed training camp and who start slowly. They are behind. I know from experience that it is not good.”
The Wild, which will open their preseason on September 25, has just over $12.2 million in cap space left for this season, according to CapFriendly.
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