Well that was a shocker, huh? It may be tough to believe that someone would leave $77 million on the table, but it looks like he'll be able to recover that and then some playing in the KHL. And apparently, the tax situation in RUSSIA is more favorable than it is in New Jersey, an embarrassment that deserves its own category. Could this become a growing problem for the league? I think it could be more of a problem for the Russian players who actually want to play here, as teams will rightfully think long and hard about giving out long, big-dollar deals to guys who might decide to bail and head home after a year or two. If I were the Penguins, for example, I wouldn't feel too great about having Evgeni Malkin "locked up" for the next few years. ( One thing we can promise...we will NEVER move to Russia, no matter how much money they throw at us. We're committed to Nashville, which is what you'd expect from a Best Blog candidate in the Toast of Music City Reader's Choice Awards. Get your vote in today!)
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