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Los Angeles Kings Sign Loktionov, Voynov

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On August 27, the Los Angeles Kings signed center Andrei Loktionov and defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov to three-year, entry-level contracts.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Loktionov, 18, recorded an assist in seven games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the Russian Super League last season. he also represented Russia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, scoring three goals with five assists for eight points and 29 penalty minutes in six games.

The 5-11, 187-pound native of Voskresensk, Russia was also a member of Team Russia at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships, scoring two goals and four assists for six points with a +4 plus/minus rating.

Loktionov was selected by the Kings in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft in June.

Voinov, also 18, played the last two seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Russian Hockey League. In 36 games, he scored a goal and added three assists for four points and had a +3 rating.

The 6-0, 190-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia also skated for Russia in the 2007 and 2008 World Championships. He also played for Russia in the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, scoring a goal with four assists for five points in six games.

Voynov was selected by the Kings in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2008 draft.


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8 Responses to Los Angeles Kings Sign Loktionov, Voynov

  1. cristobal says:

    Gann, do you know how many players the kings will actually pay this season? do all signees get checks from the parent club? Also, when will we know Doughty’s terms, or Teubert’s?

  2. Gann Matsuda says:

    I do not have that information handy. I don’t know all the details, but prospects who do not the make the team and get sent back to junior hockey do not get paid by the Kings because their contracts don’t even kick in…they don’t start until the player gets to the professional level.

    As for terms on deals, Doughty was signed to an entry-level deal, and there are strict rules governing how much is paid on such deals, so if you poke around the net, you can figure that out.

    Unless I’ve missed something, Teubert has not been signed yet.

  3. cristobal says:

    So do they end up not paying voinov and the others? What about the Manchester players? Why is it necessary to sign voinov now? is it to keep him from going back into the draft? If you know of a good source for this information, let me know.

  4. Gann Matsuda says:

    Manchester players (those signed by the Kings) and Kings signees at Ontario all get paid by the Kings. They’re under contract, playing in their system in a professional league.

    My guess is that because of the situation with Russian players, signing them now will help a little in making sure they play here and not there.

  5. triplcrown says:

    I’ve seen 3 spellings of the player name, Voynov.

    I’ve also seen Voinov, and even Vojnov.

    Hey, we could have a pool as to which one is correct and then ask the player himself.

    Ofcourse, he might answer, “I don’t know”.

    Then where would we be?

    Regardless of how his name is spelled, I’ll be happy if he’s got a little “Konstantinov in him”.

    You know, like the ad, “got a little Captain in ya’”?

    I like the idea of having a Russian Defenseman with some Konstantinov in him, fer frikkin’ sure!

  6. cristobal says:

    triplcrown – Konstantinov never wore a turtleneck below a gingerbread face. You’re going to be sadly disappointed i think.

  7. Nick says:

    This is trivial, but from now until I read it otherwise either in the Kings Media Guide or in the NHL Guide & Record Book, I will go with the spelling I saw first, which is my favorite:

    Vjateslav Vojnov.

    Today’s post has been brought to you by the letter “j”.

    (Truthfully, I don’t care how his name is spelled, as long as somewhere in there there’s some “D.”)

  8. Bob Bobson says:

    This is great news. However, Radulov’s actions have really shaken my faith in a Russian player’s commitment to staying in the NHL, contract or not. I know this has only happened once so far but still….

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