Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is still trying to make his way back into the NHL and he recently took what he hopes is a big step towards it. 

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the news and gave The Fourth Period's Dennis Bernstein a statement. 

"We’re in process of an intense factual investigation. I’m not in a position to give timeline. When investigation is done, Commissioner will deal with his application for reinstatement."

The Kings terminated Voynov's contract back in 2015, however the Kings still hold his NHL rights. 

If Voynov were to be reinstated, he would likely face an immediate suspension and then would have to be involved in some sort of sign and trade deal. 

However it's hard to imagine that unless a team wants a public relations nightmare, NHL teams would likely stay away. 

Stranger things have happened though, like Nashville Predators general manager David Poile making questionable comments sticking behind Austin Watson who was suspended for domestic abuse earlier this season.