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Sutter, Lombardi throw support behind Voynov suspension

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EL SEGUNDO, CA - DECEMBER 21: Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi and Head Coach Darryl Sutter hold up a jersey introducing Darryl Sutter as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Kings at Toyota Sports Center on December 21, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

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On Tuesday, L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi voiced strong support for the decision to suspend d-man Slava Voynov following his arrest on domestic assault charges:

Darryl Sutter, on the Voynov suspension: “Absolutely it was appropriate.”

— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) October 21, 2014

Dean Lombardi: “I don’t think there’s any question that we’re behind what the league has done.”

— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) October 21, 2014

The comments are in lockstep with the statement L.A. released yesterday.

These developments are of great concern to our organization. We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course.

Voynov, 24, is in the second of a six-year, $25 million deal that carries a $4.16M average annual cap hit. Per LA Kings Insider, that hit remains on the books -- Voynov will still be paid during his indefinite suspension -- meaning the team will still be less than $500,000 away from the cap ceiling, but without the services of one of its most active blueliners.

Voynov was averaging 23:11 TOI per game prior to his arrest, second only to Drew Doughty.