He is still under contract with his team in the KHL. I cant find the article I wanted but there is this one saying that he is under contract for 2 more years:
Sports Haze | Where Sports News & World Culture Come TogetherBut Kitsyn also admitted that he still didn’t take a definite decision about what to do on the upcoming season. “I don’t know what’s going to happen next year, I should get back to my mother club, I still have two years of contract with them. I think that we’ll take a decision only this summer.”
I remember reading something about the KHL team let him out after the WJC to play in the OHL as long as he comes back next season
It would then be fair for him to go back. No need to make unnecessary enemies.
And KHL is pretty darn good place for him to learn his hockey.
I like Kitsyn's game and I'd rather see him play in the KHL than languishing in the minors for 2-3 years. But if Lombardi has promised Kitsyn a good look once Smyth retires than you never know! Kitsyn the type of in-your-face winger this team needs more of(respect due Clifford)
Why on earth would they qualify Meckler? What's he going to do in year 5 he didn't do in years 1 - 4?