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Sport Senators acquire winger Austin Watson from Predators for fourth-rounder

00:20  11 october  2020
00:20  11 october  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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I actually like this trade for both teams, but give the Sens the edge for picking up an NHL level player which allows the kids to stay on the farm.

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been indefinitely suspended for "his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse." Watson had been suspended for the preseason and the first 18 games of the regular season after pleading no contest to domestic abuse this summer.

The Senators have added some muscle on the wings, announcing the acquisition of winger Austin Watson from Nashville.  In return, the Predators acquire Colorado’s fourth-round pick in 2021 (previously acquired by Ottawa).  General manager Pierre Dorion released the following statement on the deal:

a hockey player holding a football ball: Austin Watson is heading to Ottawa. © Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Austin Watson is heading to Ottawa.

"Austin Watson is a big, strong winger who will bring a significant presence to our forward group. He was among Nashville’s forward leaders in blocked shots last season, was the team’s leader in hits and is someone who is especially physical on the forecheck. We also expect him to be a valuable asset on our penalty kill."

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The 28-year-old is coming off a fairly quiet season offensively after putting up six goals and eight assists in 53 games in 2019-20, his lowest point total since his rookie year in 2015-16.  However, as Dorion alluded to, he has been one of Nashville’s more physical players over the years and will bring that dimension to the Senators.  He has two years remaining on his contract with a $1.5M AAV and that same salary each season.

As for Nashville, Watson’s spot is effectively being filled by Nick Cousins, who signed a two-year deal Friday with the same $1.5M AAV.  The Preds now have over $14M in cap room to work with, per CapFriendly, but have several forwards to sign to fill out their roster.  Moving Watson out gives them a bit more flexibility as they look to reshape their forward group following the departures of Nick Bonino, Craig Smith, Kyle Turris, and Mikael Granlund.

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Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Wednesday that the team has acquired forward Luke Kunin and the "He is a former first- round pick with good pedigree that can play both center and on the wing, and in all situations, including on the penalty kill and the

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