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Kings' Voynov pleads not guilty at arraignment

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge Monday at his arraignment hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, Calif.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28. The jury trial has been set for March 2.

Two weeks ago, at the initial arraignment hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence presented to warrant Voynov to stand trial.

Voynov faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison if convicted, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Voynov was suspended, with pay, by the NHL after his arrest on Oct. 20. The NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association agreed to allow the Kings to replace Voynov's salary and bonuses in regard to the salary cap in a Nov. 21 statement.

Voynov has missed 30 games.

He is free on a $50,000 bond.

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