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Should Slava Voynov Be Allowed To Play In The NHL Again?

from Curtis Zupke of the LA Times,

Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was granted dismissal of his misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction Monday in a move that could clear a path for his return to the NHL.

The motion was granted the day Voynov’s three years of probation ended following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse in 2015. Voynov served almost two months in jail and returned to his native Russia rather than face deportation.

He remains suspended by the NHL but, with his criminal record expunged, can request a hearing with Commissioner Gary Bettman and apply for reinstatement. The Kings terminated Voynov’s six-year, $25-million contract in 2015 but retain his rights and could trade him for assets if he were reinstated.

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For more on Voynov, read this recently unlocked article from Katie Strang of The Athletic.

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Yes.

I think allowing people to improve and rehabilitate themselves is the sign of an enlightened society.

Of course not everyone is redeemable, but if all punishment results in a scarlet letter and being written off by society, people are more likely to hide what they do and by extension are more likely to continue.

That being said, I’m not sure it’d be worth the image problems for any NHL team to take the deal.  In the end, it’s all capitalism, right?

Posted by neffernin on 07/02/18 at 07:59 PM ET

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That’s true however how do they know that he took steps to rehabilitate and address his issues?
“because Voynov self-deported, it was impossible to know whether he fully complied with the terms of his probation because he was not supervised.”

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 07/03/18 at 12:24 AM ET

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Beat your wife Potvin beat your wife!

Posted by SlimChance on 07/03/18 at 08:09 AM ET

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That’s true however how do they know that he took steps to rehabilitate and address his issues?
“because Voynov self-deported, it was impossible to know whether he fully complied with the terms of his probation because he was not supervised.”

And thereeeeeeeeeeeeeeee goes my faith in humanity.  That edit kinda killed what I said for this case.  If he’s shown no remorse or a goodwill attempt to change, then there really was no rehabilitation unless you count the jail time.

Interesting that the court granted his petition.

Posted by neffernin on 07/03/18 at 12:15 PM ET

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How do you rehabilitate.  He just didn’t know it was wrong to do it? Rehab is a joke anyway. Let him in or don’t but let’s not be cute about it.

Posted by SlimChance on 07/03/18 at 02:11 PM ET

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