Semyon Varlamov's agent Vyacheslav Makhrensky explained why the choice was made in favor of the SKA, and talked about how much his client would receive in St Petersburg club.
Sportbox.ru, June 30, 2011:
I talked to the president of the "Locomotive" Yuri Yakovlev and asked him to make an offer Varlamov to continue his career. But we never received a formal proposal from the "Locomotive". Later we got from SKA.
Why you chose SKA?
Because we received an offer from them.
Were there others?
At least nobody else contacted me.
There are reports that by very conservative estimates Varlamov's salary will be eight times more than what Capitals offered him. Is this true?
Yes, it is. The financial terms offered by the SKA are better than those with the Washington.
Sportbox.ru: Note that in Washington Varlamov earned $822,000 a year.
That's why other NHL teams reluctant to draft Russians. With Ovechkin it is even more risky because any Russians who play for Washington Capitals with Ovi are receiving immediate attention from Russian media and KHL. Washington Capitals games are covered by Russian TV more than any other NHL club. Ovechkin serves as the best advertising engine for other Russians in KHL market.
Semyon Varlamov, whose rights in Russia belong to Yaroslavl "Locomotive", is waiting for a decision about his contract with SKA St. Petersburg. His agent Vyacheslav Makhrensky told to Sport-Express:
Semyon will be in North America until the situation will be resolved. If SKA will be able to sign him, he will arrive in St. Petersburg to the team's pre-season training on July 20th. In other case he will be preparing for the season in America.Source: Sport-Express.ru
Wait, what if SKA won't be able to get him? Varlamov doesn't want to play for Locomotive, will he sign with Capitals then?
Clear as mud. :-)
Just to remind, Locomotive is ready to offer Semyon $2 mil and SKA is offering $4 mil (no tax).