NHL

Predators send Austin Watson to AHL on long-term injury loan

The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL.

NHL reinstated forward last week for completing part of substance abuse program

The Predators have sent winger Austin Watson to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee, Wis., on long-term injury loan a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press/File)

The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL.

The Predators announced Monday they have assigned both Watson and forward Mikka Salomaki to the Milwaukee Admirals on a long-term injury loan.

The NHL announced last week that Watson of Ann Arbor, Mich., had been returned to available status as he entered the follow-up phase of the league's substance abuse and behavioural health program.

Watson had been suspended Jan. 29 as he entered the second stage of that program.

Watson also had served a suspension for the first 18 games of the season after pleading no contest to a domestic assault charge in July. His girlfriend, Jenn Guardino, issued a statement in October taking blame for the incident in the parking lot of a gas station.

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