It might indeed 'suck' to play in Russia, but I mean...unless he's one of those "cup or bust" guys who's fueled by a chance to win the cup..we're talking about a 4m/year difference between here and there.
4 million dollars. That's more than most players will ever make per year. And I don't buy the 'it's difficult to come back'. Maybe he'll burn his bridges in CBJ, but it's do-able. If he plays well in Russia, someone will want him back.
Other players have had the same opportunity and only one's taken it. Why would he be teh 2nd? There's no reason to think he will be. He could've made a ton in Russia but instead played on a cheap ELC