Austin Watson has left the Predators again, this time to work on his game.
Watson stressed a "one day at a time" approach after he was reinstated March 18 from his indefinite suspension for alcohol abuse.
The Predators forward, who spent six-plus weeks away from the team while in rehab, could spend up to the next seven days trying to return to hockey shape with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
Watson and injured forward Miikka Salomaki received their assignment to go north Monday on long-term injury/illness exception loans.
What does it mean?
According to the NHL/NHLPA's collective bargaining agreement, such loans exist to determine whether or not a player is fit to play. Both Watson and Salomaki cannot stay with the Admirals for more than six days or three games, per the CBA. The Admirals had three games scheduled between Monday and Sunday.