Those questions you may have had about Slava Voynov's inclusion on Team Russia's official 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster on Friday are apparently shared by the NHL and NHLPA.
In 2014, the then-Los Angeles Kings defenseman was suspended indefinitely by the NHL following a domestic violence arrest and trial. After serving time in jail, and facing deportation, Voynov signed a three-year deal with KHL team SKA Saint Petersburg in October of 2015 that voided his contract with the Kings.
His NHL suspension has not been lifted, meaning his eligibility for the 2016 World Cup is in question.
Told that NHLPA and NHL are jointly "reviewing" the matter of Voynov's eligibility to play in World Cup.— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) May 27, 2016
Earlier on Friday morning, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com that he doubts Voynov will play.
"We will obviously have to review his status with the Players' Association prior to the start of the tournament in September," Daly said. "It is not my current expectation that this player will be deemed eligible to play in the World Cup of Hockey."
There doesn't seem to be a timetable on when an official ruling will come down. The World Cup begins on Sept. 17, so we'll likely get an answer in the next couple of months at the latest. You'd think Russia would like to know sooner rather than later, however.