Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin says Kirill Kaprizov ‘fine’ amid Russian report

 Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said he is still gathering information about a Russian media report that star Kirill Kaprizov is wanted by police in a case involving fraudulent military IDs.

“With Kirill, I’ve talked to his agent. We’re just trying to find out as much information as we can. We really don’t … I don’t even know how credible the [report] was,” Guerin said after the NHL general managers meeting in Montreal on Wednesday.

According to Sport-Express, Kaprizov is wanted for allegedly purchasing a fake military ID from a former military officer in Ufa who was arrested. Kaprizov played one season with Ufa Salavat Yulayev of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2016-17.

“It’s the first time I heard it,” Guerin said. “Like I said, all I’m trying to do is get information and not jump the gun or push the panic button on anything.”

Last week, Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov was picked up by law enforcement in Russia on suspicion of evading military service. Fedotov’s agent told the Associated Press that Fedotov had been relocated to a remote military base in northern Russia.

A message to Kaprizov’s agent, Paul Theofanous, was not returned.

Guerin said that contrary to the Sport-Express report, Kaprizov remains in Russia.

Author: Lucy Green