And can you blame him? I think Nabby would have struggled to get a 2-year, $6M deal in the NHL, so this was the right move on his part. Will the entire contract get paid out? Who knows.
Economics work a little differently in the KHL - fewer games and fewer wins mean the cost per win is necessarily higher. A back of the envelope calculation says the cost of a win is about $1.5M over there. With the level of play in the KHL significantly lower than that in the NHL, Nabokov could make this a value deal. It seems strange that he'd be worth more money in a weaker league, but it sure looks that way.