No resolution imminent in Voynov status; World Championships; injuries - LA Kings Insider

Slava Voynov’s three-year contract with SKA concluded when the St. Petersburg club was dispatched from the Gagarin Cup playoffs by CSKA Moscow earlier this month, and the expectation is that the defenseman who left the United States while facing domestic violence charges will attempt to return to the National Hockey League. Voynov has been suspended indefinitely by the NHL since his October, 2014 arrest.

The LA Kings own Voynov’s rights, but that doesn’t mean that he’ll play another game for the club – or, in the NHL, for that matter. 11 months ago, when asked about Voynov’s hypothetical return in advance of the Stanley Cup Final, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly responded that “if that was ever something that was proposed, we’re on record as saying that would require a proceeding before the commissioner.”

Despite recent reports that Voynov is seeking a return, there is nothing clear about his current status. “It’s out of our hands,” Kings President Luc Robitaille said. “It’s between the league and Slava and his agent. If and when something happens, we’ll discuss it then.”

Even as the grounds for such a discussion begin to materialize – and may take form over the off-season – it’s very difficult envisioning a scenario in which Voynov returns to the Kings. At this point, it’s not among the front-and-center issues the team is addressing.

“It’s so premature at this point, because those hurdles that he has to go through to be reinstated by the NHL don’t have anything to do with us,” General Manager Rob Blake said. “To be honest with you, it’s so far away from our play right now that we haven’t had those discussions. Like I said, that’s going to be between him and his agent and his people representing him to be able to get back into that position before we could even get involved.”

Blake said that teams have approached the club for clarification on Voynov, but not to focally inquire as to whether the team would trade his rights.

“No, what I’ve been approached about is teams asking what’s going on with him, and I think that’s a lot of questions that you’re getting here,” he said. “We’re asking the same questions, and like I said, that’s going to be between his representation and the league to define what’s going to happen with him.”

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Blake also confirmed that Adrian Kempe would play for Sweden at the upcoming World Championships and that Alec Martinez was “pretty set” to play for the United States. Jonathan Quick was asked whether he’d play for the United States and responded, “yeah, that’s something we’re going to figure out.” The World Championships take place from May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

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Several injury updates, as shared by the Rob Blake during today’s availability:

Derek Forbort – sprained MCL
Jake Muzzin – returned from a separated shoulder
Jeff Carter – not 100% after returning from ankle surgery

-Lead photo via Rob Curtis/Icon Sportswire

Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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