elvis15 Posted September 16, 2015 Share Posted September 16, 2015 Rich Hammond Verified account @Rich_Hammond Slava Voynov's agent has announced that Voynov intends to return to Russia with his family (self-deport). Full statement from Rolland Hedges, Voynov's lawyer: I was told, by an immigration attorney, that self-deportation leaves open the possibility Voynov could return years later on new visa. Clearly a bit of a bomb, even if we knew it was a possibility. Wow. Maybe eyeing a return later? Or just getting out before the US can make it official? Chris Johnston @reporterchris Slava Voynov had $19.25M in actual dollars owed on the remaining four years of his contract ... #LAKings now off the hook. Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC As of now, Voynov's contract has not been voided. So, we will see how this proceeds. EDIT: now the Kings have weighed in: LA Kings @LAKings The Los Angeles Kings have issued the following statement in regards to Slava Voynov. >> http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=779399 … On July 2, Slava Voynov entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence. Since that development, Mr. Voynov has been in the custody of the Seal Beach Detention Center and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. During this period of detention, the Los Angeles Kings decided he would no longer play for the team. The method by which we would ensure this outcome was something we carefully considered and we established a deadline of September 17 – the beginning of our 2015-16 training camp – to reach this outcome. Recently it became evident to us that our conclusion to this process would be to terminate Mr. Voynov’s Standard Player’s Contract. However, Mr. Voynov’s announcement today of his intention to leave the United States and return to Russia makes the termination unnecessary. As we have publicly stated since Mr. Voynov’s arrest last year, the Kings organization will not tolerate domestic violence. As part of that commitment, we will soon announce a series of new Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives that reflect the values and principles central to our franchise. Easy to say now of course they were going to terminate the contract, but it'll certainly be voided or counted as a retiring contract (however that works technically). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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