Kings get salary-cap relief for Slava Voynov

The Los Angeles Kings gained more than $4 million in salary-cap breathing room with Friday’s agreement between the NHL and NHL Players' Association regarding Slava Voynov.

The league and the players' union -- who were going back and forth Friday, a source told ESPN.com -- finally agreed that Voynov's $4.16 million cap hit would be treated just like that of any player under the long-term injured exception.

Voynov will still get paid by the Kings, but the club can replace his cap hit.

It’s been a tough go for the Kings under the salary cap ever since Voynov was suspended by the league on Oct. 20 following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury against Voynov on Thursday.

The Kings even dressed a lineup that was one player short earlier this month because they didn’t have the cap room to call up a player.

Now with Voynov’s cap hit gone, the Kings will breathe easier.

And for those wondering how other NHL teams feel about this: Every single team executive we spoke with over the past few weeks felt the Kings should get some form of salary-cap relief. Let's not kid ourselves here, other teams realize that they could have a player in a similar position down the road. Nobody feels the Kings as a whole should be paying the price in terms of the salary cap and competitive balance because of an alleged off-ice transgression by one player.