Voynov skates with teammates, but did the Kings break the terms of his suspension?


The day after he was in court to plead not guilty on charges of domestic violence, Slava Voynov, still suspended indefinitely by the NHL, took to the ice to skate with his Los Angeles Kings teammates.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi at first refused to comment on Voynov’s presence, which 1) drew criticism on social media, and 2) based on what NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said in the past, seemed to violate the terms of Voynov’s suspension.

Eventually, it was reported that the Kings felt Voynov was allowed to skate with teammates because it was an optional skate.

However, the O.C. Register’s Rich Hammond tweeted that “the Kings definitely did not get permission for this Voynov stuff.”

In an email to the O.C. Register (article published Nov. 10), Daly wrote that Voynov was allowed to work out with an assistant coach “under the terms of the suspension. He is prohibited only from participating in team activities (practices and other mandatory or optional team functions).”

PHT has emailed Daly for clarification. We will update this post should we receive a response.

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