I wish the NHL could be more like this guy and admit their mistake. I've never really followed baseball much, but after I heard what this umpire had to say and read the stuff I did, I gained a lot of respect for that league. NHL needs to take a page out of their book.
why do they insist on stealing all the NHL's talent?
I don't understand posts like this. What makes him NHL's talent aside from him previously having a contract with an NHL team? I see him as Russian talent, not NHL talent. He grew up playing hockey in Russia, that's where he learned the game. If anything, they could be saying exactly what you said about the NHL stealing their talent.
It would suck to see such a talented player leave, but I wouldn't think anything less of the guy for going to play for a professional league in his native country.