Kirill Kaprizov, Wild forward (⬆️ UP)
“Kirill the Thrill” is officially back in Minnesota. The first Wild player to win the Calder Trophy signed a five-year deal worth $45 million Tuesday night, keeping him in the State of Hockey through the 2025-26 season. It’s the largest deal in terms of average annual value in franchise history. Kaprizov is now the ninth-highest paid winger and tied with Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner as the 18th-highest paid forward. Kaprizov will be 29 years old when the contract expires. In 55 games as a rookie, Kaprizov tallied 27 goals, 24 assists, 51 points and a plus/minus of +10.
Kaprizov touches down in Minnesota
Minnesota Wild future (⬆️ UP)
Things are looking up at the Xcel Energy Center. Kaprizov is signed through 2025-26, and center Joel Eriksson Ek agreed to an extension through the 2028-29 campaign. At the blueline, captain Jared Spurgeon is under contract until 2027, and Jonas Brodin will become a free agent following the 2027-28 season. Buy your jerseys now, folks. These guys will be here a while.
Bill Guerin, Wild general manager (⬆️ UP)
Way to get the job done, Billy G.
Bashaud Breeland, Vikings cornerback (⬇️ DOWN)
Breeland, who signed a one-year deal with Minnesota in the offseaon, has been the worst cornerback in football through two weeks according to Pro Football Focus. He’s allowed nine catches for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 12 targets in his coverage -- a nearly perfect passer rating of 156.3.
Josh Donaldson, Twins infielder (⬆️ UP)
Over his last four games, Donaldson is batting 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI -- good for a 1.632 OPS. He’s walked three times and whiffed just twice. The “Bringer of Rain” is hitting .251/.351/.480 with 24 dingers in 124 contests this season.
Griffin Jax, Twins pitcher (⬇️ DOWN)
Jax started the Twins’ 9-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night but didn’t last long, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. He’s never posted a scoreless outing in 16 tries. And in Jax’s last six games on the bump, he’s logged a 9.32 ERA, a .299 opponent batting average and seved up 10 big flies.
Nick Gordon, Twins infielder (⬆️ UP)
Has Gordon found something here? The former first-round pick is hitting 7-for-16 (.438) with one double, one homer, two stolen bases and five RBI over his last five contests. The five-game stretch has raised his batting average from .232 to .251. He brings defensive versatility to manager Rocco Baldelli’s lineup, starting two of those five contests in left field and three at shortstop.
K.J. Osborn, Vikings receiver (⬆️ UP)
We … did not have Osborn pegged as Minnesota’s leader in receiving yards through two games. The second-year wideout has hauled in 12 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Kirk Cousins found Osborn wide open on the second play from scrimmage during the Vikings’ 34-33 loss to Arizona on Sunday. Osborn has seen 15 targets already. Last year, the third-highest amount of targets to a wide receiver was 30 to Chad Beebe. Maybe this passing offense isn’t just Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.