It took a while for the deal to finally get confirmed, but a contract is in place now, according to ESPN.
Slava Voynov has signed a three-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg, one of the wealthiest teams outside of the North American circuit.
Voynov missed the majority of the 2014-15 season after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence following an incident that put his wife in the hospital with multiple injuries resulting from a domestic dispute with the former Kings defenseman. Voynov was sentenced to a 90-day jail term with three years probation. After serving his sentence he was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Before he could get a hearing on being deported, Voynov elected to self deport and leave the United States.
The 25-year-old defender will join St. Petersburg, who was the KHL champion last season. He’s also likely to play a key role for the Russian national team on the international stage in coming seasons, presumably at the Olympics in South Korea rather than the World Cup. Though, it’s not yet clear if he’ll be eligible to play in the World Cup as he’d been serving a suspension with the NHL that hasn’t had to be addressed again since he self deported and left the league.
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