Well I hear that Tikhonov (sp?), CSKA's coach, wasn't coming back this year, so if there really was that big of a problem between them, he may just return to Russia.
I"d imagine Montreal would sign him before he ever played in the WHL.
I think Gainey will sign him, though if he doesn't I read some quotes from him basicly saying he wants to adpat to the NA hockey and culture and wants to play hear next season, though the coach he apparently didn't like in CSKA is gone so that could alter his decision a bit if not signed. I exspect he'll be in NA though.