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Joined: Jun 2018
Well, I must be in the minority here because the math makes sense to me.
First of all, the cap issue is moot if Kaprizov goes back to Russia, so let's assume that doesn't happen.
Yes, it's true that next year, Minnesota's dead cap hit rises by $8 million, but with the expiration of Rask's and Goligoski's contracts, that leaves $1 million for a minimum-level contract to replace one of them, so that's not as serious a problem as everyone makes out.
Right now, Minnesota has $13 million in cap space, with a 14th forward and a seventh defenseman to sign or promote plus Kaprizov. So round it off to $11 million for Kaprizov and hang-over. That would allow $8 million for KK (on more than a one-year deal) and roughly $1.5 million raises to Fiala and Kahkonen. That doesn't seem extreme. And that's without any cap-positive roster adjustments during this season or the next off-season.
I think the Wild are in fine shape. I voted Yes.