LA Kings sign defenseman Slava Voynov

June 19, 2013

The Los Angeles Kings made a key move toward keeping their young core intact, as they have signed defenseman Slava Voynov to a new six-year contract.

The still-improving Voynov, 23, shared the Kings postseason leadership in both goals (six) and total points (13), and he also co-led the Kings in plus-minus rating (plus-9) while appearing in all 18 postseason games for the Kings during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 6-0, 190-pounder from Chelyabinsk, Russia, also established new Kings playoff records for most goals scored by a defenseman in one playoff year (six), and most game-winning goals scored in one playoff year (four), while finishing third on the team in average time-on-ice per playoff game (21:54).

Voynov skated in all 48 regular season games this year and totaled new career highs for points (25) and assists (19). Two of Voynov’s six regular season goals served as game-winners (tied for sixth among NHL defensemen).

Voynov recorded 20 points (8-12=20), a plus-12 rating and 12 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Kings during the 2011-12 regular season, his rookie season with the club.  He also added another three points (1-2=3) and four penalty minutes in 20 postseason games with the Kings during their successful run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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