With the KHL, I believe that if the player/KHL team/NHL team all are in agreement, they can buyout the contract (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
That being said, yes Shesty is under contract until 2019
It looks like players are able to sign contracts with the inclusion of an "out" clause that, I would imagine, is a player's right to exercise in the event they are offered a position in the NHL. I found a few articles from 2015 (1, 2) saying the NHL and KHL were close to reaching a 4-year agreement on some sort of transfer agreement, but I can't find anything about that actually going through. I did find another article about Vlad Sobotka from September 2016 saying that he can't get out of his KHL contract because after re-negotiating the contract for more money, he signed it and didn't know that the "out" clause in his previous contract had been removed in the new one.
From one of the articles:
This will be an upgrade of the current Memorandum of Understanding and allow for several things. You can read a fuller version here but, in short, it allows two main things: More transparency, and open routes both ways between the leagues with compensation.
Who knows when Hank's body will start to give out. Richter was extremely reliable until he was exactly Hank's age when he ran into a series of injuries and re-injuries, retiring at the age of 36. Hank will be 35 in March. And Richter didn't have Hank's workload at a young age because he split the time in the net with Beezer, nor did he play as much in the playoffs. Hank already played 40 more regular season and playoff games than Richter played in his whole career.
By the end of next season (2017-18), Hank will have played close to 200 more career regular season and playoff games than Richter by the time he retired. If Shesterkin spent next season as Lundqvist's understudy, he'd be possibly ready to replace Hank in case of injury or cold streak. By 2018-19, Lundqvist will be older than Richter at retirement with hundreds more games played. There's no reason not to have a guy guy ready to replace Hank at a moment's notice.
Not sure what you specifically meant by the bolded. Hockey wise - I'd agree but Richter had a history of getting ligament and musc injuries. Hank has been different.
Many here were up in arms over Buch staying an extra year in the KHL. Well, it didn't hurt and very likely help him to start his Rangers career as well as he had. I'm sure in the big scheme an extra year in the KHL will not hurt the Rangers nor Shesty's career with the Rangers.
Если в башне поебень - что ебень что не ебень.
other thing with Hank is you never know if the guy decides to retire in year 6 of his contract. He might just be wanting out of playing hockey, or perhaps he gets a job within the organization. Hank wouldn't hold his contract over this team for $16M...
It would not be wise to bet your rent money on either happening.
He can buy the last year of his contract out for 2/3 of yearly salary. I don't think his salary really big, because he's just become a starter, and as a backup and youngster he couldn't get a lot of money even in SKA.
Of course SKA can offer him a big rise to persuade him to sign a new contract, like they persuaded Gusev. The choice will be up to Igor, and it will depend on Rangers as well, how active and persevering the team be.
But yeah, let's keep him in Russia while Raanta has to start for months at a time because the 36-year-old Lundqvist inevitably got injured.
Why do you keep saying this, it makes you sound ignorant. He has a contract with his KHL team, a pro league without a transfer agreement with the NHL. The Rangers can't just call him up or demand that he come over, this isn't the AHL, the CHL, whatever.
I KNOW you know all this which is why it's baffling to me you keep banging this drum like the Rangers in particular are trying to keep him over in the KHL as long as possible.