I think this is a terrific signing for the money and term. IF he plays well it's a complete bargain for a first round draft pick and if he does not it's no big loss at all. He's a huge player with size and has skill just needs to play the game the right way. Smart move by GM Joe. The Avs have learned from their mistakes and are now on the right track. Besides loosing Grimaldi (which was their worst move) they have made some good decisions lately.
He was at least 4th line quality a few years ago. Then he went to the KHL and the wheels fell off. Given it's a much different game today than 4 years ago. The game really sped up about 4 years ago with teams now focused a lot more on speed. I guess we'll see.
Worst case he's a fourth liner that thinks he's still a scorer and they let him go back to Russia next season. I still think this guy could carve out a career in the league if he commits to a two way game and learns to be a net front presence tipping pucks on the PP.