Slava Voynov Pleads No Contest, 90 Days in Jail, 3 Years Probation

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will spend 90 days in jail and receive three years of probation after accepting a plea deal in relation to domestic assault charges.

On Thursday, Voynov entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse — his wife, Martina Varlamova, who declined to make a victim impact statement.  The plea deal was arranged through Voynov’s defense team and the County Prosecutor’s office.

Voynov was suspended from the NHL when details emerged and he was arrested for the incident.  That suspension still stands, and Voynov’s status with the league is unclear.  Recently the Kings suspended Voynov from the team as he got injured during off-ice training.  That suspension effectively removed the defenceman’s contract from the Kings salary cap equation.

In light of the Kings recent termination of Mike Richards contract due to getting detained at the Canadian Border on June 17th, one now has to wonder how this plea deal will effect his status with the organization going forward.

One also has to wonder who this conviction will effect the Russian citizen’s work visa and eligibility to live in the United States going forward.

As one chapter of the Voynov saga ends, there are still a lot of questions for him, the Los Angeles Kings, and the National Hockey League, a number of questions still remain.


Main Photo: LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings is called for a penalty in overtime against the New York Rangers during Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)