Voynov, Loktionov signed

The Kings have signed defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov and forward Andrei Loktionov to three-year, entry-level contracts. Voynov was the Kings’ second-round selection (32nd overall), while Loktionov was the club’s fifth-round pick (123rd overall) in the June draft. The only remaining question is, how many alternative spellings of Voynov’s name will they come up with? This is number three, by my count.

Here’s the release from the Kings…

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KINGS SIGN VOYNOV AND LOKTIONOV TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACTS

RECENT 2008 NHL ENTRY DRAFT PICKS AGREE TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACTS WITH L.A.

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on three-year entry-level contracts with defenseman Viatcheslav Voynov and forward Andrei Loktionov, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreements were not announced.

Voynov was the Kings’ second-round selection (32nd overall), while Loktionov was the club’s fifth-round pick (123rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Voynov, 18, spent the last two seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Russian Hockey League. Last season the 6-0, 190-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, had four points (1-3=4), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating in 36 games. Voynov was the youngest member of Team Russia at the 2007 World Junior Championships and competed again for Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He was also a member of the silver medal-winning Team Russia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, tying for the team lead among defensemen with five points (1-4=5) in six games.

Loktionov, 18, made his debut in the Russian Super League last season and he recorded one assist in five games. The 5-11, 187-pound native of Voskresensk, Russia, was teammates with Voynov for silver medal-winning Team Russia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, recording eight points (3-5=8) and 29 penalty minutes in six games. Loktionov was also a member of Team Russia at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships, where he registered six points (2-4=6) and a plus-4 rating in seven games.

Both players recently participated in the Kings’ annual Development Camp in El Segundo.

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  • cristobal

    Has Teubert signed a contract yet? When will Doughty’s contract details be revealed?

  • anthony

    So what.
    I heard Voynov has an up side, but why sign Loktionov this soon. He’s only a 5th rounder.

    DL, stop with these signings of intangibles. Sure, they might end up being great players or they may not. We’ll never know for a few more years.

    Grow up and start signing players that we need next season. SUlly and Stoll should have been signed by now. They’re both proven players who are needed next season. I believe they should take priority over a couple of unproven 18 year olds who may or may not work out.
    This endless cycle of rebuilding is getting old. I mean really getting old.

  • BallPointHammer

    Good news. Period.

  • Steve-O

    You go Anthony. I’m fed up too.

  • Ciccarelli

    Anthony,

    If we didn’t sign these guys, there’d be nothing to stop them from signing with the KHL. Then that would be a waste of a draft pick.

  • anthony

    Yes Ciccarelli,
    Wasting a beloved draft. That would be a terrible thing for DL to endure.

    Sorry, I still think Sully and Stoll should be his priority.
    BTW, those two Russians are already scheduled to be on the CHL roster.
    I don’t think there’s much of threat of them signing with the KHL yet.

  • zak

    I like this, and as for DL not signing Stoll and Sully yet, you dont know that it is all DL’s fault. It could be the agents fault.

    I am as anxious as everyone else to see Stoll and Sully resigned, but the offseason is not over. DL will get it done.

  • -J

    Back at the last camp, one of the king’s scouts (i believe it was pro scout Sergei Bobrov) siad they expect Voynov to challenge for a spot as early as this year. I know he’s not on many of Kings’ fans radars, but he should be- he’s one of the top D prospects in the system (doughty, voynov, hickey, and teubert, being the top 4)

    Anthony- Grow up yourself. Your endless cycle of DL bashing on every little thing is getting old. I mean really getting old.

    It seems to me you could benefit from directing your passion for the Kings towards learning a thing or two about hockey operations. Then you wouldn’t have a gripe about every minor move made by DL. To help you out on this one, these are standard entry level contracts, meaning there is virtually no negotiation involved (completely opposite of UFA/RFA contracts), and they don’t cost a thing until they start playing in the NHL or AHL. So, this is simple, get them out of the way, particularly in the case of the Russian’s since the KHL-NHL transfer issue looks to get worse before anything is figure out. If these guys were left unsigned and the KHL-NHL came up with some agreement tomorrow, it is conceivable that the Kings would not have been able to sign them and they would be stuck in Russia for the next couple of years.

  • cristobal

    J – i have to say that anthony’s concerns are not invalid. he just want’s those guys signed and to settle in to worrying about the coming season. I agree this isn’t something to get upset about, signing the russians, but i can’t disagree with the questions about management…or using double negatives.

  • Kevco

    Come on kids, we’ve got to stop bashing each other. There are 29 teams out there to go after.
    Let’s leave each other alone, we are all Kings fans!

  • -J

    Anthony- you are wrong about Voynov and Loktionov being already scheduled to be on a CHL roster. They were drafted by the CHL after being drafted by the Kings, meaning they can play anywhere at this point (prior to the Kings contract that is). NHL, CHL, AHL, ECHL or KHL.

    Signing other players doesn’t take away for the two main free agents nor does it mean that Sully and Stoll are not the top priorities. Why is everything so linear, black and white?

  • Jet

    Anthony,

    This also adds to the Kings credibility with young Russians. If they commit to come at 18, then we will commit to sign them. These signings have on going benefits.

    Sully and Stroll will not determine the Kings record this year. If their agents think they can extort an exorbitant contract due to the Kings rebuilding program, then let them sit. There are plenty of hungry skilled players who would love a shot.

  • anthony

    Thanks Cristobal.
    I think.

    Some of you guys are taking the KHL a bit too seriously.
    One descent player, Radulov, takes off to play there, and now the sky is falling.
    If these 2 Russians end up signing with the KHL – its because they couldn’t hack it in the NHL.
    Too soon to tell.
    For right now, they’re on the CHL roster whether they sign a contract or not.

  • Ciccarelli

    Anthony,

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the fact that the CHL drafted the Russians has nothing to do with whether they’d go over and play in the KHL. The CHL doesn’t have any agreement with the KHL to prevent players from going over there. See the discussion re Hickey.

    On the other hand, signing a contract with an NHL club has everything to do with preventing them from doing so. They need to be Kings’ property.

    Of course, this would require you to look something up and learn something rather than tirelessly rant about DL and his failure to sign RFAs.

  • Zak

    Jet,

    You make a great point, I like how you can see past the present.

    And with Sully and Stoll, I agree that if they are going to let their agents make a mess of things, then let them sit it out until they are ready to make some real negotiations, but on teh other hand, we DO need them next year. we will already have plenty of rookies and young guys on the team next year.

  • anthony

    J
    They’ve shown the desire to play in North America.
    They already moved overseas.
    Both are gonna play in the CHL next season whether they sign with Kings or not.
    I wouldn’t be too worried about the KHL quite yet.
    Let’s wait and see.
    If these 2 players can’t hack it in the CHL – then there might be a chance they go to Russia.
    If that happens, who cares.

  • -J

    Cristobal- On the surface Anthony’s concerns about Sully and Stoll are somewhat valid. He invalidates them though, with his rampant speculation on what is happening in each situation. He asserts that they are not a top priority. Is this the case- do any of us actually know? No, we don’t, so this is an invalid basis of argument. He asserts, through his negative comments, that the reason they are not signed is due to some fault of DL. Are any of us privy do the contract negotiations? No. We don’t know that it isn’t the player’s agent that is holding out, so again this is an invalid basis of argument. He asserts that these players should be signed now, and that them not being so is a problem. Regardless of what is going on in negotiations, is there any reason that they need to be signed now? Are they missing out on training camp? No. Are they missing out on games? No. So then what is the dire rush? Offer sheets? No, if a team was interested in them, they would have put one forth by now. So as long as they are signed by training camp, which is still several weeks away, there is no issue here. Again, another invalid basis of argument.

    That is my main beef with comments like his that just bash away based on some lame assumptions- they lack objectivity and more often than not, are devoid of any foundational thread of logic. Now, of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I think, however, if you’re going to come out and attack someone else with your opinion, you better know what the hell you’re talking about and not base your opinion solely on assumptions that you can’t substantiate.

    Enough of this philoshophical logic debate, back to hockey.

  • mrbrett7

    Anthony…you may want to have your facts straight before bashing.

    Just saying.

    You must sign ANY drafted player within 2 years of drafting said player, or risk losing them. It is well known that the KHL is overpaying by the millions for any Russians to stay home…lock them up now to keep that from happening…this isn’t very hard to figure out.

    Teubert will be signed…I will bet anyone anything they want that he will not play in the NHL this season, and most likely next season…he is FAR too light, and FAR too slow laterally at this point. 1 out of every 300 or so 18 year old defensemen can even dream of playing in the NHL.

  • Hockeywood

    Why is it up to me to state the obvious? Anthony is Sully’s agent and is on the verge of signing Stoll also.

  • anthony

    J
    How does stating “DL grow up and sign Sully and Stoll – make them a priority” equate to bashing him.
    Go figure.

    I’d like to see Sully signed before one of these trade rumors, of him going to another team no longer becomes a rumor.

  • Ciccarelli

    Ask the Rangers if they’re taking the KHL seriously.

  • -J

    “Both are gonna play in the CHL next season whether they sign with Kings or not” I don’t know where you are getting this from. This is not the situation and nothing has been decided on where they are going to play. As has been said many times before, they are NOT required to play for the CHL just because they were drafter there.

    The issue with KHL was not just about future contracts (eg, voynov siging with a KHL team). It was about enforcing past contracts, which voynov got out of to come of here (don’t recall Loktionov’s situation), and about playing for the national team. Players that left their russian team, Filatov, Voynov, etc, were threatened with bans from playing on the national team.

    It doesn’t say much that you’re not concerned with the KHL, just that you don’t really know what the situation is. People who do hockey for a living, like the NHL brass, GM’s etc, are not taking chances with their players and are squabbling over the likes of Fedor Fedorov and Jason Krog with the KHL- you really think they’re battling over marginal players like that because the KHL isn’t an issue? This is all about precedent and impacts every player, from prospects to stars. It’s not exactly the most exciting stuff, news wise, which is why you won’t hear anything about it this side of the border.

    What it boils down to is the Kings did the right thing by (hopefully) getting their only two russian prospects out of the brewing KHL-NHL transfer issue.

  • anthony

    J,
    Understood.
    Thanks.

  • -J

    “How does stating “DL grow up and sign Sully and Stoll – make them a priority” equate to bashing him.
    Go figure.”

    Yeah, that’s not really bashing, but come on, like you haven’t bashed DL with your comments in the past. I haven’t been around much lately, but i do remember the general tone of your posts.

    I guess i should have said perpetually critcizing, instead of bashing.

  • anthony

    J,
    I still would like to see Sully and Stoll signed within this lifetime.

  • -J

    You might not know this, but DL does have a history of waiting to the last second with his RFA’s. If they aren’t signed by training camp (or a few days after; early camp is mostly for the rooks that aren’t going to make the team, so they won’t be missing much sitting out a few days) I’ll be right with you demanding some answers.

  • anthony

    J,
    So are we to expect a potential hold out (ala Nabakov).
    I hope not.
    Talk to your buddy DL and show him the light. Then I’ll keep my mouth shut for a while.
    Only a while.

  • cristobal

    are the kings waiting to sign their rfa’s because it would mean they wouldn’t have to cut checks for another month?

    the khl is a valid, and to me welcome, threat to the nhl. hopefully, they will drop their salary cap, go back to promotion and relegation, and make the draft obsolete. if they can back the nhl into a corner, it would be good for the nhl to have to fight for their lives.

    i think we could all use some humor in our lives right now:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6BN0NA5lB8&feature=related

  • Anonymous

    How quickly some people forget…

    On commenting…

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    This is going to be quick, and it’s not going to be addressed again. I have neither the time nor the inclination to sit here moderating comments. Please
    act like adults. I presume most of you are. If not, fake it. The interaction here is fantastic and 95 percent of the time, it’s not a problem. We’re all
    here to talk hockey, right? Use common sense. No personal attacks. Name calling is for children. If you dislike someone’s comment, ignore it or refute
    it like a grown-up. Thank you very much.

  • cristobal

    J – good to see you back, by the way.

  • -J

    I don’t see any bashing (of other posters), personal attacks, name calling, etc in any of the posts above. Just some disagreements and discussion related to hockey, and some occasional sarcasm, not at all what got Rich to make that comment. Lighten up.

  • cristobal

    J – believe me, if we weren’t all following the rules rich laid out, anonymous’s post would have received a few comments, from me at least.

  • DellaNooch

    Anthony clearly stated in a previous post that he hates
    DL, his rants won’t stop and we can’t keep him from doing it either, just ignore the obviously bad comments as sometimes he does make some good points for arguement sake.

    To that end, Anthony you forgot Jagr went to the KHL, past his prime, but still very good, but I do agree with you that they’re not a huge threat yet, the NHL still has the highest hockey talent and the great trophy in sports.

    Also, telling someone to grow up is always a negative statement, so you are bashing DL again.

    Cristo – Sometimes I think the Kings might be trying to sskip out on paying checks in July and August too, but I’m not sure that is valid…I don’t think the KHL is good for the NHL’s health in terms of marketing, but I like the fact that some of the NHL players that need redemption can go to Russia and get that chance in a very competitive league.

  • DellaNooch

    Anthony clearly stated in a previous post that he hates
    DL, his rants won’t stop and we can’t keep him from doing it either, just ignore the obviously bad comments as sometimes he does make some good points for arguement sake.

    To that end, Anthony you forgot Jagr went to the KHL, past his prime, but still very good, but I do agree with you that they’re not a huge threat yet, the NHL still has the highest hockey talent and the great trophy in sports.

    Also, telling someone to grow up is always a negative statement, so you are bashing DL again.

    Cristo – Sometimes I think the Kings might be trying to sskip out on paying checks in July and August too, but I’m not sure that is valid…I don’t think the KHL is good for the NHL’s health in terms of marketing, but I like the fact that some of the NHL players that need redemption can go to Russia and get that chance in a very competitive league.

  • Dan H.

    Signing draft picks, especially non first rounders is a slam dunk pretty much for GM’s and isn’t that hard to get done. Signing them is a good thing.

    I agree that Sully and Stoll need to be signed which is what I told the nice ticket salesman that called me a twork yesterday. Those are harder negotiations though where the players have some more rights than newly drafted players so it’s harder to get done.

  • me

    Yes. Teubert has signed. (if this doesnt work, google it. or i’m sure rich will post it pretty quickly.)

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/2008-08-28-4019033873_x.htm

  • cristobal

    Dan H – interesting THEY’RE calling you. i went to one Gold Cup game at HDC and get junk mail from AEG for the Galaxy at least 3, if not 4 days a week.

    I’d like to know what the season seat sales are like this year. Anyone know how to find those numbers?

    http://worldhockeydaily.wordpress.com/

  • cristobal

    http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2008/08/30/khl-hedges-on-end-of-signing-moratorium/

    Kings related news about signing these two and the KHL.

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