65 % of his NHL salary, tax free. That's the maximum rule for lock out players.
For Ryan O'Reilly, who is a RFA with no contract, there is no such limit. But he signed for two years.
Of course with an NHL out clause if he is offered a more lucrative contract in Colorado.
What"s that tax free talk again? Taxes are lower in Russia, but nothing is tax free. Tax is 13% in Russia.
I think he just wanted to have his spot in Moscow guaranteed in case the NHL did cancel the season.
That's exactly why he did it. He did a meet the media and said he only intended to play for SKA and didn't do it sooner because of the baby coming. The baby was born late November. He also said he wanted to make sure he'd have a spot if the season was canceled before all the displaced players flocked there.