I thought he was a little slower for us last season than he had been in the past, before anything happened. I just meant I don't think it was a severe injury by any stretch of the imagination. Watching him in the 2012 playoffs, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop after the season ended. So it probably is a rest thing and not the "oh no, he might need surgery" thing I thought it could be in 2012
Didn't it come out that he had sciatica from two herniated discs in his lower back? It's hard enough to walk with sciatica, forget about playing an NHL playoff game. And just because he didn't have surgery doesn't mean it wasn't a serious injury. Surgery is usually the absolute last resort when it comes to herniated discs.
His salary will be less taxed so money definitely played a part in it.
He is rich enough to buy his family plane tickets and a house here. He chose a profession that requires a lot of travel. Hell with the KHL he will be all over Eastern Europe, so how much more do you think he will see his family? I call bullsh!t on the whole " I want to be near my family" excuse.
He will probably see them a lot more considering their season consists of 30 less games.