NHL ‘DISAPPOINTED’ WITH WATSON RULING
NEW YORK — The NHL is criticizing an arbitrator’s decision to reduce the suspension of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson, who pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.
Watson received a 27-game suspension from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman last month. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Thursday that arbitrator Shyam Das had reduced it to 18 games.
The NHL issued a statement Friday saying that “we are disappointed with the Arbitrator’s decision.”
Watson was charged in an incident June 16 with his girlfriend. Watson told police he and his girlfriend were arguing and that he pushed her.