He was also under contract in New Jersey. If he's eyeing a return, and the Ruble continues to be as bad as it is, what is the threat of breaking that contract?
Like, say he calls Lou and says "I'm coming back for 2016. Will you honor my existing contract?" And Lou says "Yes.". What stops him from 'retiring' from the KHL?
Do you really think Kovalchuk gets paid in Rubles? His contract is in Euros.