Kings' Slava Voynov pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge

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Suspended Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge during his arraignment Monday. 

Voynov was charged with one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse in November, following an October incident with his wife. The charges carry a maximum sentence of nine years in prison. Voynov is accused of injuring his wife at their home in Southern California. He took her to a hospital to be treated for her injuries and was arrested there. 

Voynov's wife said in an affidavit that she did not feel threatened by him and a judge allowed Voynov to continue to live with her and have "peaceful" contact. 

The NHL suspended Voynov shortly after his arrest. The Kings designated him as a non-roster player on Nov. 11 and signed defenseman Jamie McBain to replace him. 

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On Nov. 21, the NHL announced it would provide the Kings with salary cap relief by allowing them to treat Voynov like a player on long-term injured reserve. 

Voynov's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 15. 

- Dan Gartland

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