Ramblings: Kaprizov and Merzlikins Sign; Training Camp Battles in the West (Sept 22)

Alexander MacLean

2021-09-22

Elvis Merzlikins signed the same extension as teammate Oliver Bjorkstrand, which means a $5.4 million cap hit for the next five years. That gives him the edge in the crease over Joonas Korpisalo, just because of the politics. He’s someone that might come at a bit more of a discount than your average starter come draft day, but he does have a few more risks than your average starter as well.

Merzlikins was projected at $4.1 million by my numbers if he was to sign an extension at this point. It seems like it's a touch too high right now, but with a bit more of a workload, there's no reason Elvis can't out-play this deal. The going may be a little tougher in the first couple of years though with Columbus expected to be a bit lower in the standings in the short term.

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Kirill Kaprizov put pen to paper with the Wild on a new five-year contract.

The deal carries a $9 million AAV, which is a little a higher than where I had him projected (close to $8 million). He’s worth the money though, and he has ushered in a new wave with the Wild where they are finally fantasy relevant again. Look for Kaprizov to push for 90 points this year, though unfortunately for some poolies, he doesn’t offer a lot in the peripherals department.

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Training camps begin today! The offseason is officially done.

Looking into training camp battles, there are opportunities for big spikes in fantasy production. Sometimes when a top line wing spot is up for grabs, none of the players in contention look to have much fantasy appeal, but then one of those players gets