I was able to get some further information about the Juraj Mikus situation, particularly in terms of the “option” he would have to return to Europe. From what I’m told, that “option” is very common, and a standard part of a contract for a player with European experience. It’s a mutual thing, because the player and the team, in case both sides think it’s best for a player to be assigned overseas. It’s very similar to the situation with Brady Murray, in which the Kings retain his rights even though he is now playing in Switzerland. By all indications, Mikus is dedicated to staying here and further learning the North American game.
Mikus’ contract has not been finalized yet, but apparently it’s going through the typical NHL red tape when it comes to international players.