The KHL has announced, according to multiple sources, that all returning Russians from the NHL will not count against the salary cap. What will the Penguins do in 2 years if some crazy, stupid, rich KHL owner offers Geno $25 million tax free per season like Jaromir Jagr was making in Omsk? Sure it’s the KHL, but Geno speaks the language, eats the food and wouldn’t have to pay for mom and dad to come visit him. He has already won a Stanley Cup so take that out of the equation too.
I have a feeling you’re going to see quite a few Russians bolt back to the KHL with the first being Alex Semin and possibly two of the top draft pick prospects, Nail Yakupov and Grigorenko. Why would these guys play for 3 year entry level wages when some KHL oil billionaire would pay them top dollar in year one?
An NHL with a salary cap, cannot compete with the KHL when that league does not have a salary cap (for NHL players). This latest move will lure a LOT of NHLers.