Given the situation surrounding Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedodo, Minnesota Wild star player Kirill Kaprizov would have left Russia immediately.
At least that’s what Russian media “Sport-Express” reported on Wednesday.
Kaprizov allegedly fled his home country in 2017 after obtaining a fake military card. The person who sold him was arrested by the Russian authorities, which is why Kaprizov’s name is coming out.
The 25-year-old athlete is also wanted by Russian authorities to perform his military service. Continue his hockey career.
The only flaw in this story is that other sources indicated some time later that Kaprizov was still in Russia, returning there after the Wild were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the St. Louis Blues.
“He’s fine. He’s with his friends and his family,” Guerin said after the general managers’ meeting.
“I spoke to his agent. We’re trying to gather as much information as possible. I don’t know how true these rumors are,” he added when first asked about the story. “All I’m trying to do is gather information and not push the panic button.”
The loss of Caprizo, then, could hurt the forest. In 2021–2022, his second season in the National League, he led his team with 108 points in 81 games. He also won the Calder Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best rookie, the previous season.
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