According to Dmitry Chesnokov the reason that Mikhail Pashnin turned down the Rangers and signed a two-year deal to stay at CSKA Moscow was over not wanting a two-way contract. This does mean in some respects that it was about money because the real difference between a two-way and a one-way deal is not a guaranteed spot in the NHL, rather the money they get. On a one-way deal he would get the same salary regardless of whether he made the NHL club or spent the year in the AHL. On a two-way he would have to make the Rangers in order to get paid the NHL salary or take significantly less in the AHL. While some see this as Pashnin demanding a guaranteed spot, to me this says more about him not believing he could earn a spot on the NHL club on merit to get the money.
Pashnin went further to knock the AHL in arguing that he could not grow his game there. Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Michael Sauer are prime examples of young defenders who grew in the AHL and are now regulars in the NHL, so that excuse just doesn’t fly.