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added 6:15pm, added official release from the Kings below...
NEW YORK (December 2, 2014) – The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defensemanSlava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced today.
Voynov skated with teammates today during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.
If you missed what happened earlier today...
via Lisa Dillman tweets,
Voynov skating w team does not mean change in legal case - talked to his lawyer just now prelim set for dec 15
Just got on the ice early - DL thought it would be good for Voynov to be around teammates for the day
from Rich Hammond tweets,
Yeah the Kings definitely did not get permission for this Voynov stuff. They’re trying to claim he could skate because it was optional.
If this was an optional skate, it was highly coincidental that every single Kings player was on the ice.
Both Dillman and Hammond have more tweets on this topic...
added 2:22pm, Jon Rosen tweets,
Sutter: "It was an optional skate and everybody went. He's supposed to come out after with the injured guys...
Sutter, 2/2: ... right after practice. Everybody went today..."
added 2:30pm, Dillman tweet,
Understand that the Kings explained the situation to the league #voynov
from Rich Hammond of the OC Register,
''It’s pretty simple,’’ defenseman Drew Doughty said. ''We just need to be a better hockey team. We know the potential we have when we’re on our game, and we haven’t lived up to that potential hardly at all, this entire season. All of us in here, we know what we’ve got to do to be better, individually and as a team.’’
Doughty estimated that the Kings have been satisfied with their effort in only approximately half of their 24 games this season.
''We’re not panicking because we know the experience and heart we have on this team,’’ Doughty said, ''and we know that we’re going to turn it around.’’
Early-game play remains a significant concern for the Kings, who have held a lead after the first period in only one of their last eight games.
Jim Fox with a zinger at the end of the video and Bob Miller is not impressed.
Old-fashioned hip check by Demers on Jarret Stoll.
NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 21, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’ Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.
However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
added 4:47pm, DA press release is below...
from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,
After winning their second Stanley Cup in three years, and starting the 2014-15 season with a bang, the Los Angeles Kings are off track.
The season began with the Kings playing seven of their first eight games at home. They convincingly won six straight at the Staples Center before hitting the road with a 6-1-1 record. But they lost four straight to start the trip, before winning the final game. Heading back to L.A. didn’t improve things and, despite playing four of five on home ice, the Kings sported a 3-4-3 record over the past 10 heading into their game Tuesday night (they beat Florida 5-2). They just aren’t striking fear into the hearts of opponents like they once did.
While the Kings have appeared dominant the past few years, they haven’t raced out to amazing early win-loss records. Superficially, it appears there is nothing to worry about, as the Kings are traditionally slow starters and strong finishers. (The past two seasons they had 22 and 23 points through 18 games.) Unfortunately for the Kings, that isn’t quite how this story goes.Score Adjusted Corsi tells us more about what to expect than the number of points the Kings have accumulated.
On the report that the pre-overtime dry scrape may be scrapped:
... Well, it’s a new rule, and the benches aren’t big enough for everybody to sit on, so there are guys out on the ice. I mean, when you look at the rules when everybody’s supposed to be on the bench and you come out for the period, there are some teeams that come out and there’s 20 guys skating around. I was thinking once in a while we should just tell the other team let’s all do figure eights. Every commercial timeout. It used to be it’d be a full scale line brawl if you did it. Now there’s guys skating all over, there’s guys doing calisthenics, there’s yoga. If you’re in the crowd you get lots more than a hockey game. Three time outs, there’s 18 guys rolling their yoga mats out there. Just watch. It used to be ‘Oh, only five guys on the ice,’ the officials would say. Now there’s 15....
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, post-practice today. There is more to this quote and more Kings talk from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
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