On Tuesday, L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi voiced strong support for the decision to suspend d-man Slava Voynov following his arrest on domestic assault charges:
Darryl Sutter, on the Voynov suspension: “Absolutely it was appropriate.”
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) October 21, 2014
Dean Lombardi: “I don’t think there’s any question that we’re behind what the league has done.”
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) October 21, 2014
The comments are in lockstep with the statement L.A. released yesterday.
These developments are of great concern to our organization. We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course.
Voynov, 24, is in the second of a six-year, $25 million deal that carries a $4.16M average annual cap hit. Per LA Kings Insider, that hit remains on the books — Voynov will still be paid during his indefinite suspension — meaning the team will still be less than $500,000 away from the cap ceiling, but without the services of one of its most active blueliners.
Voynov was averaging 23:11 TOI per game prior to his arrest, second only to Drew Doughty.