For Wild fans, Friday afternoon started out with an unconfirmed-yet-grim rumor after KHL Insider Aivis Kalnins tweeted that stud Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov would be signing a three-year extension with CSKA Moscow - now it is official.
According to StarTribune's Michael Russo, the Kontinental Hockey League confirmed the news team President Igor Esmantovich was quoted saying, “He will stay in Russia for next three years.”
Since drafting him in the fifth-round in 2015, Chuck Fletcher and Wild fans alike were hoping the talented prospect would put pen to paper with Minnesota this offseason, and join the club as soon as 2018.
Russo also reports the Wild have not yet been informed of said decision by Kiprizov to remain overseas.
The state of hockey will have to wait at least three more seasons until they get a live and local look at the 20 year old Russian forward.