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May 14, 2016
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Wildwinswhen</b></div><div>wabit RazWild drmantalban
It's at the 57 minute (or so) of the Worst Seats in the House podcast on July 30th. It sounds like Russo is fed up. Russo suggested that GMBG offered 9M for 5 or 6 years and they said no... If so, that's a real problem. I can understand KK not doing the 8.5x8, but if he's not taking 9x5... We're in trouble here.</div></div>
9mx5 is right at or just below market value for Kaprizov, so a fair offer. It sounds like Kaprizov wants to be a UFA as soon as possible. It's not about the money, it's about controlling his own fate. As a UFA in 3 years he'd get that $9m and play where he wants and for a Cup contender. MN (in it's current state) is not a Cup contender with Kaprizov, it's not even a fringe Playoff team without him. He knows this, and from the looks of things, other players know it too. Old guys on their last legs and fringe NHLers are all MN got to sign as UFAs, and even that took overpays on their deals.
Russo might be fed up. He can't say anything negative about the team, and he's run out of positive things to say. Reporting on the Wild is his job, and there is nothing going on to write about. There is only so much fluff human interest stories about the players he can write about.
This offseason should have been a layup for the GM: re-sign 3 RFAs, re-sign Brodin, get a center, fill in a couple of depth FWDs spots, and a bottom pair LD.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>jwg314</b></div><div>It’s starting to feel like it comes to an underwhelming return like this but I still think LA, NYR, and MIN should easily be willing to match this. Turcotte, Kupari, Boldy, Beckman, Kravtsov, Schneider, etc. are more disposable to them I feel like, whereas Zegras and Drysdale are too important to ANA.</div></div>
The cap is gone for LA, Vegas, and MN to make Eichel work. NYR can make it work, a couple other teams would have to get real creative and to join in the bidding.