Russian outlet claims Rangers interested in Voynov

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Russian outlet, Championat.com published an article about Slava Voynov. Using Google’s website translator I picked up this concerning tidbit of information on teams with interest in adding the suspended blue-liner.

The Rumor

[su_quote cite=”Championat.com” url=”https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.championat.com%2Fhockey%2Farticle-3462353-kak-vjacheslav-vojnov-mozhet-vernutsja-v-nhl.html%3Futm_source%3Dtwsharing”]At the end of April, colleagues from Business Online reported that five clubs are applying for Voinova in the NHL. “Florida”, “Montreal”, “Islanders”, “Rangers” and “Winnipeg” were ready to offer a disgraced defender a contract. However, in the “Islanders” for this time the leadership was changed, and it is not known whether Voinov enters the plans of Lou Lamorello. But information about interest from Winnipeg is confirmed from other sources. “Jets” can replace Voinov another Russian defender Dmitry Kulikov, whose contract, in turn, will be redeemed. In general, the excitement around the two-time winner of the Stanley Cup is much more modest than around the name of Ilya Kovalchuk.[/su_quote]

Way back in April, Russian outlet Sports Express stated that the Rangers were one of five teams that Voynov would like to join. The quote translates to:

It is noted that Vinovym is interested in five NHL clubs: Florida , Montreal , Islanders , Rangers and Winnipeg . The former club player “Los Angeles” is not interested in the return of the Russian hockey player.

The five teams he’s interested in back in April are listed as teams interested in him for this article. Is it possible there is an issue with the web translate tool? Sure, but this is suspicious to say the least.

How Valid is It?

The website is legit with a decent amount of traffic per SimilarWeb.com

Championat is one of Russia’s largest sports websites per TheNewBase.com.¬†However, the information above needs to be taken with a huge tablespoon of salt. Let’s not forget way back in April a Russian journalist said Ilya Kovalchuk was set to sign with the Rangers only to have Kovalchuk himself refute it.

In addition, I haven’t heard from any source or reputable outlet in North America that the Rangers would consider bringing in Voynov. I am also on record that Voynov not only doesn’t belong on the Rangers but shouldn’t be in the NHL.

For more of my thoughts on Voynov, click here.