LA Kings D Slava Voynov Pleads No Contest To Misdemeanor Charges; What Should NHL, LA Kings Do Now?

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

LOS ANGELES — On July 2, as part of a plea agreement, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who had been charged with one felony count of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury,” has pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, “Voynov caused his wife to suffer injuries to her eyebrow, cheek and neck during an argument at their Redondo Beach home. The injuries required medical attention at a local hospital where the defendant was arrested.”

The news was first reported by Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze and Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register. Both were at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, California where Judge Eric C. Taylor accepted the plea agreement.

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2015 LA Kings Draft Preview

LOS ANGELES — In the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, the Kings had the final selection (30th overall). In 2014, they had the 29th overall pick, one ahead of the New Jersey Devils, who were moved behind all the other NHL teams in the first round as punishment for signing forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a contract that circumvented the league’s salary cap rules.

Getting stuck with the last pick in the first round of the draft (or 29th in 2014) was the “price” the Kings paid for winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi On Sekera Trade: Players “Made Me Start Working, To Go Out And Get’em Some Help”

AUDIO: Includes audio of the media conference call with Dean Lombardi discussing the Andrej Sekera trade on February 25.


Newly-acquired LA Kings
defenseman Andrej Sekera.
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Photo courtesy
National Hockey League

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Even before the Los Angeles Kings lost defenseman Slava Voynov to his indefinite suspension, resulting from him being charged with domestic violence against his wife, it was no secret that they were looking for help on their blue line to fill the void left by big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman Willie Mitchell, who they could not fit under the salary cap last summer.

With both players out of their lineup, the Kings struggled, especially in their own end. That continued until their current eight-game winning streak, prompting President/General Manager Dean Lombardi to acquire defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Carolina Hurricanes on February 25, in exchange for defenseman prospect Roland McKeown and a conditional first round pick.

As first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the conditions for the first round pick are: if the Kings make the playoffs, the pick will be in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. If not, the pick will be in the 2016 draft.

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LA Kings Darryl Sutter: “The Stanley Cup Train Was Last Year. Some Guys Have To Get Off That Train”

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — With one game left before the National Hockey League’s All-Star break, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture.

Indeed, if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to begin tomorrow, the defending Stanley Cup Champions would not qualify for the post-season party.

So what’s to blame for the Kings’ “malaise,” a term used by President/General Manager Dean Lombardi in a recent Canadian radio interview?

Although the recent losses of forwards Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) and Tanner Pearson (fractured fibula) are playing a role, the problems have been present since the season began last October. As such, you can chalk it up, in large part, to instability on the Kings’ blue line, with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr in and out of the lineup due to various injuries, along with the loss of Slava Voynov to his ongoing suspension.

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Frozen Royalty’s Gann Matsuda Appears On Montreal Hockey Talk, December 12, 2014

ONTARIO, CA — On December 12, 2014, prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, I was a guest on MontrealHockeyTalk.com’s pre-game show, sharing what’s been happening with the Kings of late with hosts Steven Hindle and Corey Collard.

During the approximately 17-minute interview, we talked about Anze Kopitar’s season-long struggles, the emergence of Brayden McNabb, the strong play of Jake Muzzin, the loss of Slava Voynov, the impact of Darryl Sutter, and more.

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