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Austin Watson Suspended 27 Games

NEW YORK (Sept. 12, 2018) – Nashville Predators’ forward Austin Watson has been suspended for all preseason and the first 27 games of the 2018-19 regular season, without pay, for unacceptable off-ice conduct, the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman levied the suspension under Rule 18-A of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Commissioner’s ruling came following an investigation by the League and an in-person hearing in New York on Friday, Sept. 7. The investigation and hearing were conducted, pursuant to the CBA, to determine the relevant facts and circumstances relating to a June 16, 2018, incident involving Austin Watson and his domestic partner. The incident ultimately resulted in Watson pleading no contest to a charge of domestic assault on July 24, 2018.

“I have determined that Nashville Player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.”

added 7:59pm, Nashville Predators statement is below.

added 8:09pm, The NHLPA will file an appeal, statement below.

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The Nashville Predators Still Hunting The Elusive Stanley Cup

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

After making the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, the Predators won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team, setting a franchise record with 117 points. They defeated the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round, then lost to the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

The Jets finished second to the Predators in the NHL standings with 114 points, and that series went seven games. Still, it was little consolation.

"I thought we could have played better," Johansen told NHL.com at the 2018 Player Media Tour in Chicago last week. "That was kind of the thing that's frustrating. Probably speaking for everyone on our team, we had a little regret, it seemed like, and that's the main thing. You want to be able to hang your hat and say, 'I had no regrets, even though I lost.'"

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Bill Daly On Slava Voynov And Austin Watson

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday the league has started a formal investigation into former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 2015 domestic-abuse conviction to determine whether he should be allowed to return to the NHL.

“There were discussions over the course of the summer, including an in-person meeting the player had with Gary (Bettman) where the process started, but not in a formal way,” Daly told USA TODAY Sports. “There were some discussions over the parameters by which he could potentially return, but they didn’t prove fruitful. So we are now engaged in an investigation.”

Daly also said the NHL has completed its investigation into Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson’s no-contest plea to misdemeanor assault for reportedly swatting his girlfriend. He said an announcement of the league's ruling will come before training camp.

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An Eight-Year Extension For Ryan Ellis In Nashville

 

added 12:01pm, Nashville press release is below.

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Details On Austin Watson’s Arrest

from Natalie Neysa Alund and Adam Tamburin of The Tennessean,

The criminal investigation into Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson started after a witness saw the athlete "swat" his girlfriend outside a gas station and block her from getting out of their Jaguar SUV, newly released police reports show.

Watson, 26, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault last week....

The witness was smoking a cigarette when the SUV "pulled up quickly into the gas station parking lot" outside a Murfreesboro Road gas station, according to a Franklin police report.

After the witness saw the couple fighting and flagged down a passing officer, the victim initially denied Watson had touched her. Later in the interview, she said Watson was responsible for causing scratches on her chest.

The 31-year-old victim, who is also the mother of Watson's child, told police that "sometimes he gets handsy," although the report did not elaborate on what that entailed....

In 2017, Watson was one of several Predators team members to participate in a public-awareness campaign titled "Unsilence the Violence." 

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Evening Line- P.K. Subban

“If we’re talking about sports let’s talk about money because that’s really what it’s about. You look at the NBA and the reality is the top players make more money off the court than they do on the court, so they can be more frank, they can be more straightforward in terms of the decisions they make and what decisions they make off the court. Especially in basketball, the players have more of an influence because they make more money.

“Someone like LeBron James signs a half a billion or billion-dollar deal with Nike and he’s only getting paid $30 million from his basketball team, so it’s hard to control somebody like that because the reality is he really doesn’t need the paycheque from his basketball team. He’s set for life and that’s not just in his case. That’s in a lot of the players’ cases in the NBA, so the influence is different whereas in hockey that’s not the case at all.”

-P.K. Subban of the Nasville Predators on why NBA players speak out more.  Sportsnet has more.

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Afternoon Line- Joe Rexrode On Austin Watson

If the Predators organization is going to continue its admirable quest against domestic violence with equal or increased force, Austin Watson will not play again for the team.

-Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean where you can read more on this topic.

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Dan Hanhuis Signs With The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (July 25 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. He will make $1.5 million during the 2018-19 season and $1 million during the 2019-20 season. 

Hamhuis, 35 (12/13/82), returns to Nashville where he played his first 483 NHL contests from 2003-10, amassing 161 points (32g-129a). Drafted by the Preds in the first round (12th overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound blueliner has appeared in 1,030 regular-season games with Nashville, Vancouver (2010-16) and Dallas (2016-18), posting 343 points (59g-284a), and 62 playoff games (3g-18a-21pts), including Nashville's first five trips to the postseason and the Canucks run to Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

A native of Smithers, British Columbia, Hamhuis has extensive international experience with Team Canada, winning the Gold Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, World Championship Gold Medals in 2007 and 2015, silver medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships and the 2002 World Junior Championship, and bronze at the 2001 World Junior Championship.

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The NHL Will Do A Full Investigation Into The Austin Watson Matter

NEW YORK (July 24, 2018) – The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding the developments involving Nashville Predators' forward Austin Watson:

Following today’s events in Nashville, we have notified the Club and the NHLPA that the League will be initiating a full investigation into the matter, pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to determine the extent to which League discipline for Mr. Watson’s off-ice conduct may be warranted and/or appropriate.

The Club understands and agrees fully with the League’s view as to the extremely serious nature of the situation and has pledged its full cooperation in the process.

We will refrain from making any further public comments on the matter until our investigation is complete.

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Austin Watson Pleads No Contest To Domestic Assault Charge

Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators appeared in court on a domestic assault charge.

via Natalie Neysa Alun tweets,

Watson is pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and will be placed on pre trial diversion. He will be placed on probation and if he violates it he faces up to a year in jail.

The prosecutor said the reported victim in the case, with whom @PredsNHL Austin Watson has a baby, asked for the case to be dismissed but the state felt due to other witnesses in the case they could still prosecute it.

Several conditions of his probation include he must complete 26 weeks of a batterer intervention course.

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