There is a lot more to this drama than we think. Possible scenarios that I have reviewed in my mind (being the analytical person that I am):
1. The Devils/NHL took some "under the table" money from the KHL to let Kovy walk without a fight
2. Kovy is entrenched in some kind of "black market" business in Russia where mobsters basically said "you play or suffer the consequences"
3. Kovy is just being the "Che Guevarra" of hockey and being a revolutionary wanting to make a statement to the NHL
Certainly, the NHL and teams must monitor this closely as we could see an exodus of players from the NHL. I wouldn't be surprised if this signing by SKA is followed by another high-profile signing by another team in the KHL - perhaps Ovechkin / Malkin
If you ask me, this is the DAY THE NHL died.
You watch too many movies brother. I like the Oliver Stone conspiracy theorist in your thinking, but this is as simple as Kovy wanting to be the conquering hero in Russia where he is carted around on golden chariots, plays with his mini-giraffe and swims in a pool filled with rubles. At the end of the day, Lou is too classy to toll his contract and prevent him from playing in the KHL. Plus, he knew he had an open offer from SKA that would pay him the same or more than he made here in pre-tax dollars, then he pays a 13% flat tax rate on his deal there, instead of the 45+% he has been paying to play here.