Los Angeles Kings will get salary cap relief during Slava Voynov’s suspension

Matt Larkin
Slava Voynov's salary will no longer count as part of L.A.'s cap hit while he is suspended. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

Slava Voynov’s domestic violence saga continues, but its direct impact on the Los Angeles Kings was diminished Friday.

Voynov has been charged with one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. The Kings defenseman, 24, allegedly injured wife Marta Varlamova’s eyebrow, cheek and neck seriously enough to require medical attention, and Voynov was arrested Oct. 20.

In a statement Friday, the NHL announced the existing terms of Voynov’s suspension “will be continued indefinitely.” The league also stated, through NHL.com:

“However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to permit the Kings to replace Mr. Voynov’s Salary and Bonuses pursuant to the Bona Fide Long-Term Injury Exception under the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

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Antoine Roussel to face disciplinary hearing for sucker punch on Justin Braun

Jared Clinton
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As Saturday night’s contest between the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars wound to a close, Stars winger Antoine Roussel received a misconduct for a hit to the head of Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock.

Initially, it seemed as if Roussel, if he were to face supplemental discipline at all, would receive it for his hit on Stalock. However, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday that pesky 24-year-old will instead face a hearing for the sucker punch to Sharks’ defenseman Justin Braun that followed: Read more

Nathan MacKinnon receives boarding major for shove on Luke Schenn

Jared Clinton
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It’s hard to imagine there was a time this season when questionable hits were few and far between. On an almost nightly basis it seems there’s a new hit to discuss, and Saturday night was no different.

During Saturday’s tilt between the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, Avs center Nathan MacKinnon delivered a shove to the back of Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn, resulting in a five minute major for boarding: Read more

Suspend him or not: Alex Ovechkin check to the head on Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jared Clinton
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For the second straight game, Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin threw what can best be described as a questionable hit.

On Tuesday night, during the Capitals game against the Calgary Flames, Ovechkin caught Curtis Glencross with a high hit. A scrum ensued, everything was sorted out, and what came of it was a roughing call to Glencross.

Friday night, in the Capitals first game since the hit on Glencross, Ovechkin caught Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Niklas Hjlamarsson with another hit in the upper chest and head region. This time, it was whistled by the referees as an illegal check to the head: Read more

Suspend him or not: Dustin Byfuglien drills Steve Downie with a late hit

Adam Proteau
Dustin Byfuglien (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

No matter where he plays other than his home arena, Penguins winger Steve Downie is far from the most beloved NHLer on the ice at any given time. But even Downie didn’t deserve the dangerous hit Jets blueliner Dustin Byfuglien put on him Thursday in Winnipeg.

Downie had just come out of the penalty box to score on a breakaway at make it 3-1 for Pittsburgh when Byfuglien all but threw him into the end boards long after the puck had crossed the goal line: Read more

OHL hits pair of players with 15-game suspensions for vile comments

Adam Proteau
Greg Betzold (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch took strong steps Wednesday to address vile misogynistic comments made by two players, suspending Peterborough Petes forward Greg Betzold and Belleville Bulls forward Jake Marchment 15 games apiece for “social networking activity” that contravenes the OHL’s social networking policy and other league policies including Respect in Sport (Harassment and Abuse) and diversity.

“The OHL takes issues related to respect, diversity and harassment very seriously,” Branch’s league said in a statement. “The social networking conduct displayed by these players goes against what the League stands for and serves to highlight a sense of entitlement that we, as a League, have worked hard to try to eliminate. We believe these suspensions, going forward, will reinforce to our players that all activity, be it in person, on the ice or online, must be in keeping with our policies.”
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Suspend him or not: Jack Johnson drills Jiri Tlusty with vicious check

Jared Clinton
Jack Johnson (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s almost incredible to believe that through the first two weeks of the NHL season there was little-to-no discussion about what the NHL was doing to increase player safety. The suspendable offenses were few and far between and it looked like everything may magically have been fixed.

Now, just four full days into November, we’ve had a hit in question on a near nightly basis. Tuesday night was no different than the three prior, as Jack Johnson caught Jiri Tlusty with a vicious check to an unsuspecting Jiri Tlusty, leaving the 26-year-old dazed: Read more

Suspend him or not: Gabriel Landeskog’s flying elbow

Adam Proteau
Gabriel Landeskog (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After the NHL began the regular season rather quietly on the supplemental discipline front, players have been making up for lost time of late – including Anton Volchenkov’s four-game suspension, Jordan Nolan’s two-game ban for boarding, and Andrew Ference’s three-game suspension for an illegal check to the head. And after Sunday night’s game between the host Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks, there ought to be another.

See it with your own eyes. Look at the footage of Avs star Gabriel Landeskog barreling into Ducks winger Corey Perry, and ask yourself, would you suspend him or not? Read more