Less than two months after Slava Voynov said that he would self-depart to Russia, it has been announced that his hockey career will continue in the KHL.
The 25-year-old defenseman has agreed to a three-year contract with SKA Saint Petersburg, per the team’s website. His KHL rights had belonged to Traktor Chelyabinsk, but as previously reported, they were expected to be transferred.
After Voynov announced that he was self-departing, the Los Angeles Kings released a statement saying that the franchise had already decided that he would no longer play for them after he entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence.
“Recently it became evident to us that our conclusion to this process would be to terminate Mr. Voynov’s Standard Player’s Contract,” the Kings said at the time. “However, Mr. Voynov’s announcement today (Sept. 16) of his intention to leave the United States and return to Russia makes the termination unnecessary.”
Voynov had a five-year, $25 million contract with Los Angeles that would have run through 2018-19. It was backloaded, with $19.25 million of it scheduled to be paid out from 2015-16 onward, according to General Fanager.