The isn't surprising. I don't think Makarov felt comfortable here, and I don't think he would have resigned with the Blackhawks organization if he stuck around another year. He wanted to play in the NHL last year, but his game wasn't quite ready. So, back to the KHL he goes. The Hawks have so many prospects with so few spots left on their NHL roster that Makarov's departure makes the waters a little less muddy. Good luck to Igor and hopefully we see him in the future.