The NHL suspended their season, but you know who didn't? The KHL. Currently the KHL is playing Round 2 of its Gagarin Cup playoffs, in front of no fans. Bet those guys are having a great time playing in an empty arena. Now, I know most of you are sad you can't watch your favorite teams play, but if you are a Minnesota Wild fan this suspension may actually help them.....
Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov is finishing off his final year of a 3-year contract that he signed back in 2017 with CSKA Moscow (KHL). He is going to be eligible to sign with the Wild when his season completes late April. Unless his team is eliminated from the playoffs, in which case he must request release from his team and if it's granted, he could sign then. Depending on how long this NHL suspension goes, the Wild may be able to sign Kaprizov to make an impact this season. The NBA has already stated they will have at least a 30-day suspension, I expect the NHL to follow suit with the NBA but who knows with those hockey guys. Let's just assume the suspension goes 30-40 days, that means the NHL will start up when the KHL is finishing its playoffs.
Insert: Kirill Kaprizov. This dude is a legit goal scorer, pair that with the emergence of Kevin Fiala and the Wild have somethin cookin. Now, I am NOT a KHL contract expert, but the Golden Knights were able to sign Nikita Gusav to their team mid playoff run after his KHL team was eliminated from the Gagarin Cup playoffs. Granted Vegas never used him, they still were able to sign him and could have played him if they chose to. This situation is similar to Gusavs. Kaprizov has voiced publicly that he wants to come play in the NHL, and the Wild have said they want him here. Why not make that happen when the Wild are in a tight playoff race. Kaprizov, who was just named the #1 NHL affiliated prospect by ESPN is fresh of his 2nd KHL scoring title and just scored the OT winner to send his team the second round of the playoffs. His ability to create space and just the knack for finding the back of the net would be a huge addition to a team that seems to be finding their stride at the right time. This would make the Wild a tough team to play against in the playoffs if we get there.
Now, none of this is for sure but it gives Wild fans something to think about. Who knows if Kaprizov wants to come play 12 games and a playoff run after completing his KHL season. If I was playing in empty arenas during the playoffs, I'd just ask to be released now. If the Wild can't get something worked out for him this season, Wild fans can expect a debut at the beginning of the 20-21 season.