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MOSCOW, June 15 (R-Sport) – Slava Voynov is expected to sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Kings in the near future, the defenseman's agent Alexander Tyzhnykh told R-Sport on Saturday.
Voynov, 23, becomes a restricted free agent on July 5.
“Slava is in contract talks with Los Angeles and we should come to an agreement in the very near future,” said Tyzhnykh, suggesting Voynov will not sign with his hometown Traktor Chelyabinsk, which offered him a deal to return to Russia earlier this week.
A 2008 second-round draft pick by the Kings, Voynov had a career-high 25 points in 48 appearances last season. He broke out in the playoffs with a team-leading six goals and seven assists in 18 games.
Traktor general manager Evgeny Tsybuk told R-Sport on Monday the Gagarin Cup runner-up had made Voynov an "absolutely serious" offer. It now, however, seems unlikely the second-year player will forego what is certain to be a large pay raise in the NHL.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Voynov made nearly $800,000 last season in the final year of a three-year entry-level deal.
While he would not elaborate Saturday on the terms of Traktor's proposed deal, Tyzhnykh said the KHL club is not offering "crazy money."
"We haven't given them an answer yet," he said. "But I won't hide it, Slava is leaning toward Los Angeles. After all, he's been in the Kings system for five years and everything in the organization suits him."
Voynov has 45 points in 102 NHL games. He played with Traktor in the now-defunct Russian Superleague from 2006 to 2008.