L.A. Kings granted salary-cap relief by NHL in wake of Slava Voynov case

Here’s the news release from the NHL:

“NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 21, 2014) — The National Hockey League announced
today that the existing terms of its suspension of Los Angeles Kings’
Player Slava Voynov will be continued indefinitely.

“However, in light of the uncertain and potentially extended period of

time that the legal process may entail, the NHL and 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.”

What it means is the Kings are now free to make roster moves they couldn’t make because they were right up against the salary cap. They can recall players from the minor leagues, in other words, without going over the cap. Adding players and their salary is no longer an issue.

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L.A. Kings announcer Bob Miller featured in a new documentary film

Bob Miller is the subject of a new 80-minute film called “Voice of the King,” which will have its premiere Dec. 5 at the Regal Cinema at L.A. Live for a minimum one-week run. Filmmaker Charlie Minn highlights Miller’s Hall of Fame career as the KIngs’ play-by-play announcer since 1973. There is a website: http://voiceofthekingfilm.com/

Further information is set to be announced Dec. 1.

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Three things about the L.A. Kings victory over the Carolina Hurricanes

Here are the top few paragraphs of my game story:

Tanner Pearson chipped the icicles off his hockey stick Thursday at Staples Center. The rookie left wing ended an 11-game goal-scoring drought with a deft swat of the puck that propelled the Kings to a grinding 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

So great was Pearson’s slump that he went from playing on the Kings’ most effective line, to sitting on the bench and watching for extended stretches, to nearly sitting in the press box and eating popcorn by the fistful as his teammates faced the Hurricanes.

It’s often that way with gifted young players, with their production ebbing and flowing. Kings coach Darryl Sutter hinted that a night in the rafters might not be such a bad thing, although he didn’t mention the 22-year-old Pearson by name.

Sutter didn’t pull the trigger Thursday, but Pearson did. Pearson’s goal gave the Kings a 3-2 lead only minutes into the second period and they held it the rest of the way against the Hurricanes. The Kings’ victory was their third in a row after a two-game losing streak.

Here are three things about the Kings’ latest victory:

First, Pearson’s slumps will be fewer and farer (is that a word?) between as he matures and gains experience. He was doing all the right things of late, but the puck wasn’t going into the net for him. He solved it by charging to the net and smacking a loose puck into it. Smart play by a gifted player who realizes that not all the goals are going to be masterpieces.Gritty goals count just as much as pretty ones.

Second, Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played 25:10 against Carolina, ending his streak of 30-minute games at four in a row. Injuries and the suspension to Slava Voynov have wreaked havoc with Sutter’s defense pairs and Doughty has been overplayed to the extreme at times. Sutter has acknowledged the disservice it’s done to Doughty and to the Kings. But what else can he do? Voynov won’t be back any time soon after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday it would charge Voynov in a domestic violence case. Alec Martinez is expected back within a week or so after undergoing minor surgery on a finger. But the numbers are thin for Sutter, so expect Doughty to keep playing big minutes.

Third, the Kings’ power play, once a hindrance, is now a help. The Kings went 1 for 3 with the man advantage against the Hurricanes, which came one game after they clicked on 3 of 6 chances Tuesday against the Florida Panthers and two games after they were 2 of 3 on Saturday against the Ducks. The Kings went through a 1-for-27 slump over nine games and it appeared their power play was a lost cause. But that’s no longer the case if recent games are an indication. That’s a very big deal for a team that often struggles to score while skating 5 on 5.

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Read the NHL’s statement on the District Attorney’s decision to charge Slava Voynov

The statement from the NHL: “We are aware of the action taken today in California, which we will review and evaluate before making any decisions. Until further notice, the current terms of Mr. Voynov’s suspension remain in place.”

The NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely only hours after his arrest on domestic violence charges Oct. 20.

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District Attorney to charge L.A. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov

 

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will be charged by the L.A. County District Attorney.

Kings defenseman Slava Voynov will be charged by the L.A. County District Attorney.

Here’s the link to the press release, which includes the most detailed description yet released publicly of what happened between Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and his wife on that Oct. 19 night at their home in Redondo Beach: http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/pdf/112014_LA_Kings_Defenseman_Charged_in_Domestic_Violence_Case%20.pdf

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Statement from the L.A. Kings on the District Attorney’s decision to charge Slava Voynov

The Kings statement: “We maintain our support of the NHL’s indefinite suspension of Slava Voynov. As an organization, we will continue to closely monitor the developments of the legal proceedings and work in partnership with the NHL to determine the proper course of action in the future.”

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Behind-the-scenes look at the L.A. Kings set to air on EPIX starting Feb. 3

The Kings and Sharks will play outdoors in Santa Clara on Feb. 25. The Kings and Ducks played last season at Dodger Stadium.

The Kings and Sharks will play outdoors in Santa Clara on Feb. 25. The Kings and Ducks played last season at Dodger Stadium.

The HBO 24/7 series leading up to various outdoor games over the years is dead. It’s been replaced by a similar venture to air on a relatively new cable outlet called EPIX. The concept is the same, with the network giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the Kings and the San Jose Sharks leading up to their outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21.

The first episode will air Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., with additional episodes airing on subsequent Tuesdays and finishing with a wrapup of the game Feb. 24.

Check out the network’s website: EPIX.com

More information is there and at NHL.com.

The Kings have gone through this one before, leading up to their game against the Ducks at Dodger Stadium last Jan. 25. Who can forget a mic’d up Drew Doughty telling the Ducks’ Patrick Maroon, “You suck at hockey”?

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Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell talks about his days with the L.A. Kings

Here’s some of what Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell said about playing at Staples Center for the first time since leaving as a free agent during the offseason, and for the first time since celebrating the Kings’ second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons:

“I’ll be honest, there were a lot of days that I hated (Kings coach) Darryl Sutter when I played for him, but he sure got the best out of his players and he sure knows how to motivate and coach the right way as far as positioning and stuff like that. He’s an excellent coach.

“I’ll be honest, (an in-game tribute on the scoreboard) was a little bit easier. I think just actually skating out for warmups the first time and you see the signs around. It’s, like, ‘This is real. I’m not playing here anymore.’”

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L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter’s quote of the night

Kings coach Darryl Sutter had this to say after defensive-minded defensemen Matt Greene and Robyn Regehr scored second-period goals in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers: “It’s good to see Robyn and Greene score. They don’t get much credit and they give you the blue collar every night. They are our two most consistent defensemen, for sure. It’s always good to see them score.”

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