Former L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will reportedly sign to play for SKA St. Petersburg in his native Russia.
Voynov, 25, is a Russian international who played just six games for the Kings last season after a domestic violence case that led to an investigation and a suspension. Voynov pleaded no contest in July after being convicted and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation in addition to an order to attend counseling.
On Sept. 16, Voynov informed the Kings, the NHL and the NHLPA that he had begun the process of returning to Russia with his family. He was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept 2. and opted to return overseas voluntarily rather than be deported in wake of his conviction.
A member of L.A.’s 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup-winning teams, Voynov totaled 18 goals and 61 assists with a plus-23 rating in his first three NHL seasons, from 2012–2014.
Voynov will have to join St. Petersburg through a transfer agreement, as his rights belong to Traktor Chelyabinsk.
- Jeremy Woo