It won't matter what we or even the Islanders prefer.
I feel he'll only sign if he has the option to spend the season in the KHL should he not make the Isles out of camp. I think that's where the negotians will probably end up.
most clubs do that nowadays
if the player doesn't make the big club, then loan him back over to his European club
Better hope hes not like Sergei Shirokov though. Sergei just came over to North America too late, and never got accustomed to the speed of the NHL game. also the training regiments needed for an 82 game schedule.
It does help that Petrov is bigger overall