Disgraced NHLer Voynov inching closer to new deal

Not sure how to feel about this one…

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This past weekend there were conflicting reports regarding former NHL defenseman Slava Voynov and his potential return to North America. 

Russian hockey insider Aivis Kalnins confirmed a report that stated Voynov is eligible to return to the NHL, as per SKA Saint Petersburg deputy chairman Alexander Medvedev.

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Deputy chairman of the SKA board of directors Alexander Medvedev announced this evening that Slava Voynov got permission to return to the NHL.

This report, however, was quickly refuted by NHL insider John Shannon of Sportsnet

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NHL source says Slava Voynov has NOT been cleared to return to the NHL.
As the NHL continues to review the Slava Voynov situation, if they decide to allow the Russian Dman to return, he will probably face a suspension from the league once given approval to play.  
League, Union and Agent all involved in the process.

Okay… now I don’t know WHAT to believe. 

What we DO know is that Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the NHL and had his six year, $25 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings terminated back in 2015 when he was arrested in October, 2014 on domestic abuse charges. Voynov pleaded not guilt to the charges, but was eventually ordered to serve 90 days in prison and three years probation as part of a misdemeanor plea deal. 

Check out this ugly description of the abuse, as described in court transcripts:

“…Varlamova told police Voynov punched, kicked, and choked her, and that her face was cut after Voynov pushed her into a flat-screen television. The officer also testified to seeing a laceration above Varlamova’s left eye, blood streaming, and red marks on her neck. Voynov’s attorney claimed that cops misunderstood Varlamova because she doesn’t speak English and maintained she “fell down.”

Despite this awful history, it’s believed that several NHL teams are interested in bringing the talented blue liner back to North America. Both the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers have surfaced in trade rumors, but Montreal based reporter Andrew Zadarnowski is now reporting that Voynov may end up staying in Russia, after all. 

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According to Sport-Express, two KHL teams, Avangard Omsk and AK Bars, are trying to sign free agent defenders Slava Voynov and Alexei Emelin.

Again… I don’t know WHAT to believe. Battered wives, international intrigue… these are the Days of our Lives…