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LA Kings: Muzzin To Make 2014-15 Season Debut vs. Buffalo; So Far, So Good For McNabb

LA Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Heading into Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres (7:30 PM PDT, Staples Center), the Los Angeles Kings got some much-needed good news, that defenseman Jake Muzzin had been cleared to play by doctors after being examined on October 21.

Muzzin, who has not played yet this season, was suffering from an upper body injury.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “I’m good to go. I got cleared, and I’m excited for tomorrow night. It’s not 100 percent, but it’s good to go.”

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Voynov Attorney: “There Was No Crime Here;” D.A. Wants “Additional Follow-Up”

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, shown here during a recent
practice session (prior to his suspension).
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — As first reported by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on October 22, the attorney for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has stated that he doubts that his client has committed a crime, despite having been arrested by Redondo Beach Police on October 20 on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a) – Domestic Violence.

“It’s clear to me there was no crime here,” attorney Craig Renetsky told The Hockey News.

Campbell wrote that Renetzky told him that a language barrier on the parts of Voynov and the alleged victim, “created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident.”

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LA Kings Leaning On Strong Team Culture To Push Past Distraction Created By Voynov Incident

ALSO; Defenseman Jake Muzzin likely to return to the lineup against Buffalo Sabres on October 23.


LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested by Redondo Beach Police on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a)-Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Kings held a routine practice.

In fact, the only way one could tell something was amiss was the size of the media contingent present—it was the kind of media presence the Kings only get during the playoffs.

Indeed, reporters and camera crews from most of the local television news outlets joined the usual reporters who cover the team to cover the Voynov story and how his situation would affect the team.

The practice session, which looked no different from any other non-game day full practice for the Kings, was an indication that they are going to go about their business as they always do.

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NHL Got Initial Response To Voynov Incident Right, But There’s Still A Long Way To Go

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s
booking photo.
Photo: Redondo Beach Police Department

LOS ANGELES — Back on October 8, when the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2014-15 National Hockey League season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held an informal press conference, discussing the state of the league.

Towards the end of the press conference, Bettman was asked about the league’s policies on domestic violence incidents, in light of the National Football League’s abhorrent practices and policies involving incidents of domestic violence, most notably, the Ray Rice incident.

“That’s something we’ve been doing with the [National Hockey League] Players Association for more than a decade,” Bettman replied. “We, as a league, have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case, of which we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly, we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the players association, we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, probably well [over] a decade. I don’t remember the exact date.”

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