Greg Wyshynski ESPN
The NHL offered some clarity on Slava Voynov's potential reinstatement. The defenseman, whose rights are held by the Los Angeles Kings on the voluntary retirement list, pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge for domestic violence in 2015 and moved to Russia. He's made it clear he wants to return to North America and the NHL. After Voynov gets his immigration and legal matters sorted out, the next step is a meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman. "At the time when it happened, he was dealing with legal issues and immigration issues. He really was not in a position where he could allow [the NHL] to investigate in any meaningful way. And then he went back to the KHL. In a lot of respects, we're starting at ground zero with him," said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "What happened and what happened since ... all of that would go into any ultimate decision by Gary on his eligibility to play." As for whether the NHL should even consider reinstating a player who did jail time for domestic violence, Daly said: "I'm not in a position to opine on that. Without understanding all the facts, I don't think anyone is in a position to opine on that."