From the outset, when Commissioner
And the Kings, who have indefinitely lost one of their top-four defensemen and have little salary-cap space to replace him, say they support the
"Absolutely, it's very appropriate," Coach
"Obviously, we have strong feelings about it," Sutter said of domestic violence. "That's as far as we'll go. That's the best way to put it. Obviously the league has made a strong stand on it."
Operating in a new landscape following the NFL's perceived mishandling of its players' domestic violence incidents, the NHL charted a new path by immediately suspending Voynov, though he's being paid. His salary counts against the Kings' cap total and they have little flexibility to summon help from the minor leagues.
However, they might get a break if defenseman
The NHL and police in Redondo Beach on Tuesday continued investigating what took place Sunday night between the Russian defenseman and a woman whose injuries required emergency-room treatment and led to his arrest. He was released hours later on $50,000 bail. It is likely the case will be forwarded this week to the Los Angeles district attorney's office, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said.
Voynov's attorney, Craig Renetzky, said Tuesday he had begun his own investigation. "Based on what I'm finding is that things are not always what people's first interpretations were," he told The Times.
Also on Tuesday, Kings General Manager
But Lombardi said the Kings do not dispute the NHL's action in suspending Voynov, a sanction that might not have been imposed in the past, when some player-related incidents were less likely to become public. It also might have been branded as too hasty before the NFL was roundly criticized for being too cavalier in punishing domestic violence offenders.
"That now is obviously changed, from the old days. I get it," Lombardi said. "To say I'm surprised that they acted that way, no. Do I think it's inappropriate? No, and the danger of saying that — he hasn't been proved guilty — but that's clearly the way leagues are headed right now, that the charge itself is enough to take action, where in the past it wasn't.
"And I think for the NHL probably this is kind of new turf. I think it's new turf for a lot of leagues because the old system was, wait until the criminal system does its thing. That ain't the case. Now, what do you do with all the gray that's out there, particularly now in a cap era? It's not so easy to recall players and deal with things. We'll have to start working our way through it."
Lombardi said Voynov, who played a key role in the team's two
"It affects everybody but I think it affects those guys — his family — the most," said defenseman
"He's a great player for us and hopefully everything can get sorted out," Stoll said. "It's unfortunate for our team but we'll deal with it as a team, as a group. We feel that we're a strong enough team to do that."