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Slava Voynov Plans To Go Back To Russia


LOS ANGELES – On July 2, Slava Voynov entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence.  Since that development, Mr. Voynov has been in the custody of the Seal Beach Detention Center and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  During this period of detention, the Los Angeles Kings decided he would no longer play for the team. The method by which we would ensure this outcome was something we carefully considered and we established a deadline of September 17 – the beginning of our 2015-16 training camp – to reach this outcome.  Recently it became evident to us that our conclusion to this process would be to terminate Mr. Voynov’s Standard Player’s Contract.  However, Mr. Voynov’s announcement today of his intention to leave the United States and return to Russia makes the termination unnecessary.

As we have publicly stated since Mr. Voynov’s arrest last year, the Kings organization will not tolerate domestic violence. As part of that commitment, we will soon announce a series of new Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives that reflect the values and principles central to our franchise.

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Canucklehead's avatar

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that.  Leaves a huge hole on the King’s blue line.  But, despite how much I liked him as a player (as a human, I like him a whole lot less), I think it’s best for the team.  Hopefully they get salary cap relief with him leaving the country.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 09/16/15 at 07:36 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Considering I lived a few miles from Seal Beach a few years ago…they could have picked a nicer place for him to hang out. *sarcasm…

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 09/17/15 at 09:11 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Considering I lived a few miles from Seal Beach a few years ago…they could have picked a nicer place for him to hang out. *sarcasm…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/17/15 at 09:11 AM ET

Almost anyone that can afford to plunk down a little over $100 a day and doesn’t have a criminal history can apply to serve time at a “pay-to-stay.” It cuts down on the likelihood of all the fun prison side activities, but you generally serve all your time.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 09/17/15 at 10:33 AM ET

Alan's avatar

How convenient is it that LA was going to terminate that contract, but now they don’t have to. /sarcasm

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 09/17/15 at 12:21 PM ET

pautna's avatar

Well, that worked out for the best!

@Alan, several sources were aware on background earlier in the summer that the Kings did not plan to have Voynov on the team ever again. If you look at the moves they made over the summer, it helps back that up.  /informed

Posted by pautna on 09/17/15 at 02:05 PM ET

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