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KHL Traktor’s president offers contract to ex-NHL's defenseman Voynov

September 30, 2015, 20:06 UTC+3 CHELYABINSK
Known in the US as Slava Voynov and playing in the past for NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, the player held talks on Wednesday with the management of the Chelyabinsk-based Traktor ice hockey club
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CHELYABINSK, September 30. /TASS/. Boris Dubrovsky, the governor of the Chelyabinsk Region and the president of the Russian ice hockey club Traktor has offered a draft contract to Vyacheslav Voynov, who returned to his native country from the United States last week, a spokesman for the governor told TASS.

Known in the United States as Slava Voynov and playing in the past for NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, the player held talks on Wednesday with the management of the Chelyabinsk-based Traktor ice hockey club, which holds the rights to the player in the Russia-led Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

"The governor has confirmed that the club and its fans want to see Voynov in Traktor’s squad," Oleg Grishankov, a spokesman for Dubrovsky, said in an interview with TASS. "Boris Dubrovsky announced him a distinguished proposal on the contract, however, the exact sum of the contract on the offer was not announced."

Grishankov said the meeting between Voynov and Dubrovsky on Wednesday was held an a friendly atmosphere and the Russian player told the governor "has a proposal in perspective to be inlisted in the Russian national squad."

"He [Voynov] needs start physical trainings now in order to achieve the perspective," Grishankov said.

Talking to journalists last week, Voynov said all he wanted was to start playing again as soon as possible and it did not matter to him, which club in Russia he would join.

"I want to join any team as soon as possible and play. There are no preferences. I do not care which city to play for," the 25-year-old defenseman, who is the two-time Stanley Cup winner, said last week on Wednesday. "I only want the team to fight for the [Gagarin] Cup and qualify for the play-offs."

Voynov was a member of the Russian national team playing at last year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and was one of the key contributors for his NHL’s Los Angeles Kings club prestigious Stanley Cup trophies in 2012 and 2014. Following the 2012-2013 season Voynov signed with Los Angeles Kings a six-year contract worth $25 million.

In October 2014 he was arrested on the suspicion of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova. On July 2, 2015 an out-of-court settlement was achieved. He pled guilty to a minor offence. Voynov was jailed on July 7 to be released ahead of time on September 4. On September 17 he declared his intention to return to Russia.

Los Angeles Kings drafted Voynov in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2008 (32nd overall). His suspension was the longest-ever in the NHL since 1927. Last time he played for the LAK on October 19, 2014.

Similar to Voynov’s incident took place two years ago with another Russia’s NHL player Semyon Varlamov, who is the key goalie of the Russian national ice hockey team and of NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

In late October of 2013 Varlamov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping. The charges against the Russian goalie were dropped over the following two months as prosecutors cited the lack of evidence in his case.

However, unlike Voynov, Varlamov was not suspended by the NHL and continued playing throughout two months of court hearings into his case.

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