OK, so you buy Parise wanting to go home to a place one time zone away, that speaks a slightly different version of American English, practices most of the same customs and traditions as people in New Jersey, where he still had instant telephone and text access to all of his family and friends in Minnesota, but Kovalchuk going back to a place nine time zones away where he had almost none of the luxuries Parise did here and had to adapt to an entirely new lifestyle to, you're not buying? It was just money for Kovy but Parise's reasons were noble ones?
I think Parise wanted to be near his father before he passed away and the money was there to make the decision easy. Is Kovy's dad passing? If not, this is more about money than family--that's what I think most people feel. For me, Kovy left in part because he was worn down and now he's able play play much less grinding hockey.