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Kings Defenseman Slava Voynov Pleads No Contest

July 3rd, 2015 at 2:17 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded no contest Thursday to a domestic violence charge, earning him 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

Torrance Superior Court Judge Eric Taylor accepted the plea, which is treated the same as a guilty plea.

Additionally, Voynov must complete a 52-session domestic violence counseling program, pay about $700 in fines, and attend eight hours of community service.

If he violates probation, he could serve up to 364 days in county jail.

He can serve his 90 day sentence in a county jail or local city jail. He must surrender to jail on July 14.

Voynov must serve half his sentence before his release, but his ultimate service time would be up to the Sheriff’s Department because of overcrowding issues. If Voynov chooses a city jail, he possibly would serve more time than at the county jail, per Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze.

Altman also states, that the misdemeanor conviction means the native of Russia can remain in the United States, but federal officials ultimately would control his status in the country. All state convictions can result in deportation, but decisions on visas and travel are up to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Justin Williams on the Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals

July 2nd, 2015 at 4:14 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The 2014 Conn Smythe trophy winner and three time Stanley Cup champion, Los Angeles Kings, Justin Williams became a free agent on July 1 and signed with the Washington Capitals.

Williams was exploring unrestricted free agency for the first time, calling the process stressful and after speaking to well-respected Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and his 7-year old son Jaxon Williams, he agreed to a two-year deal worth $6.5 million on Wednesday night, stating the end result is where he wants to be.

“I think Washington was, even before we had a deal done,” said Williams in a conference call Thursday. “Was a team that my agent, my family and I looked at as a potential team because I liked what they did in the playoffs last year, even though it was a Game 7 loss. I liked the way the team played and they were exciting to watch and they played hard and I want to be a part of a team that has that type of attitude.”

Williams said that he had been talking to Trotz and felt like he made the right choice.

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Justin Williams to the Washington Capitals

July 1st, 2015 at 9:02 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The 2014 Conn Smythe trophy winner and three time Stanley Cup champion, forward Justin Williams has signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals, TSN reported Wednesday.

Williams, 33, scored 18 goals and had 41 points in 81 games for the Los Angeles Kings last season.

He was traded to the Kings in 2008 and was a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2012 and 2014 and won the Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.

It’s not every player that stays humble about their talents, and it’s not every player that gets the Conn Smythe. In 2014 it was given to Los Angeles Kings, #14, Willie, Stick, JWill, Mr. Game 7, humble and fearless, Justin Williams.

That postseason he had a total of 25 points in 26 games. He had seven points in the Stanley Cup Final. He improved his record of Game 7’s to 7-0, with 14 goals, seven goals, seven assists.

“I don’t do anything flashy out there,” said Williams back in 2014. “I’m not the fastest skater. I don’t have the greatest shot. I just try and do the best I can out there with what I have. I feel my smarts and my instincts have gotten me where I am, and my competitiveness.”

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Two Years for Kevin Gravel of the AHL

July 1st, 2015 at 6:30 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The Los Angeles Kings have signed prospect defenseman Kevin Gravel for two years.

Per the Kings:

The 23-year-old Gravel (born on March 6, 1992) is a 6-4, 204-pound native of Kingsford, Mich., who appeared in 58 regular season games last year in his first full professional season with Manchester. He posted 15 points (6-9=15), a plus-15 rating and 23 penalty minutes. He also appeared in all 19 postseason games for the Calder Cup Champion Monarchs registering five points (0-5=5) and a plus-2 rating.

A fifth-round (148th overall) selection of the Kings at the 2010 NHL Draft, Gravel played four year at St. Cloud State University, appearing in 153 games totaling 49 points (13-36=49) and 43 penalty minutes. He set career-highs during his senior season in goals (10), assists (13) and points (23). Gravel played in his first professional game with Manchester, April 4, 2014 vs. Hartford.

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Slava Voynov Case May End in a Deal

July 1st, 2015 at 5:35 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

After a long meeting with a prosecutor and attorneys for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, a Torrance judge handling the alleged domestic violence case suggested Tuesday that a deal might be in the works. The trial is slated to start July 8.

Judge Eric Taylor met with defense attorneys Pamela Mackey and Blair Berk for about 30 minutes Tuesday afternoon in closed chambers, per Larry Altman of the Daily Breeze.

What was said was not revealed but Taylor asked everyone to return to court Thursday.

“You all are talking now, which is good,” Taylor said. “Come back Thursday.”

The attorneys responded “yes” when Taylor asked the attorneys if he should keep the trial start date.

Voynov, 25, sat in the court as an audience member as the attorneys met.

The defenseman faces a domestic violence charge resulting from an incident that allegedly occurred in his Redondo Beach home October 19 that resulted in a trip to a hospital emergency room with his wife, Marta Varlamova.

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