PREDATOR SUSPENDED 27 GAMES
Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension Wednesday after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June. The NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct. Bettman says he has determined Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner. The commissioner added the league cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct.
The NHL does not have a written domestic abuse policy and judges each incident separately. Slava Voynov is still suspended indefinitely for a 2014 incident.