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Sport NHL teams showing interest in Slava Voynov despite history of domestic abuse, report says

01:40  13 june  2018
01:40  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The NHL was swift to suspend LA Kings foward Slava Voynov indefinitely following his arrest and being charged for domestic abuse on Monday. The Kings had a day off from practice Monday after winning their last four games despite the season-long injury absence of defenceman Jake Muzzin.

Apparently Ilya Kovalchuk isn't the only KHL player being touted for a return to the NHL this summer.

Multiple NHL teams are interested in signing former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman .

However, Voynov, unlike his fellow countryman, would return with a lot of extra baggage, if such a situation is even allowed by the league.

Slava Voynov © (Getty Images) Slava Voynov

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The 28-year-old has not played in the NHL since being arrested for domestic assault in October 2014. Voynov pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse and spent two months in jail. Upon his release, he returned to his native Russia and played the last three seasons in the KHL.

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Russian defenceman Slava Voynov remains indefinitely suspended from the NHL over a domestic abuse conviction for assaulting his wife after a Halloween party in 2014. Slava Voynov is at the Olympics despite his conviction for domestic abuse .

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Slava Voynov is at the Olympics despite his conviction for domestic abuse . The NHL ’s decision to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics had an impact. Amid tepid interest in South Korea, the games were often played in half-empty arenas.

Voynov can't apply for re-instatement to the NHL until he clears his criminal record and obtains a U.S. work visa. He has an expungement hearing scheduled for July 2, the day after NHL free agency begins, in California court to clear the no-contest plea from his record. If that request is granted, he will no longer have a criminal record (in official terms) and could then begin the process of applying for reinstatement into the NHL.

"I know his party is interested in understanding the parameters under which he'd be allowed to rejoin the league," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, saying it's too early for the league to address the matter of reinstatement. "There are a couple of legal hurdles that I understand still have to be passed. Until he gets past those, I don't think we're ready to comment on it."

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The LA hockey club never pursued any further action to bring back their once-star defender, despite the rumors and despite holding his NHL rights. Regarding the report out of Russia: There is no evidence that the Rangers have any interest in acquiring Slava Voynov .

Defenceman Slava Voynov says he will return home to Russia, leaving the Los Angeles Kings in the wake of his legal troubles on domestic violence charges. Top Stories . All Shows . Podcasts. Schedules. Listen Live. Tv. Shows . Schedule.

Even if Voynov gets reinstated, he wouldn't become a free agent right away. The Kings, who terminated Voynov's six-year contract in 2014, have retained his rights and would have the option to trade him to an interested team.

Voynov, 28, would also likely face disciplinary action from the league and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman before returning to the ice. Despite the public relations hellfire that would come attached to Voynov, NHL teams are reportedly interested in the talent he possesses.

Voynov scored 18 goals and registered 81 points in 190 career NHL games, winning two Stanley Cups with the Kings and a Gagarin Cup with the KHL side SKA St. Petersburg in 2017. He also helped the Olympic Athletes from Russia win Olympic gold in Pyeongchang.

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