Jenn Guardino, the girlfriend of Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson and mother of their daughter, took responsibility on Saturday for a summer incident that led to a suspension for Watson.
Guardino prefaced her statement by extending compassion to victims of domestic violence and thanking her friends and family for their support, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
"The incident that took place on June 16th, however, was not an act of domestic violence," Guardino added. "Austin Watson has never, and would never hit or abuse me. My behavior and state of intoxication led to the police being involved that day. I have struggled with alcoholism for many years and I am actively involved in (Alcoholics Anonymous).
"I am fortunate to have Austin's continued support with my treatment. We handled matters poorly on June 16th and know that we need to make better decisions going forward. I take full responsibility for my actions on that day. I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone involved for the negative attention that followed this incident, including the Nashville Predators community and the city of Nashville."
Watson was initially suspended 27 games in September, and an independent arbitrator later reduced the ban to 18 contests. He was arrested on a domestic violence charge in June, later pleading no contest.
Florida Panthers forward Micheal Haley will be away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, the league and the union announced in a joint statement Friday.
"Micheal is a valued part of our team and Panthers family," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He has our full support as he takes the time he needs to tend to this matter."
Haley hasn't played in a game for the Panthers this season. The 32-year-old, who's in his second campaign with Florida, appeared in 75 contests in 2017-18, chipping in nine points while racking up 212 penalty minutes.
Kesler missed the Ducks' first three regular-season games while dealing with his bothersome hip, which required surgery in June 2017.
He was cleared for contact in September but didn't receive medical clearance to play in a game until Wednesday.
The 34-year-old missed essentially the first half of the 2017-18 season with the injury, returning in late December and producing 14 points in 44 contests before suiting up in all four of Anaheim's playoff games.
"I just think we played like shit tonight," the Flyers forward told reporters postgame, according to NHL.com's Adam Kimelman. "The score shows it. We just left our goalie to dry and (Brian Elliott) played a good game, he didn’t deserve that and it’s on us."
Elliott allowed all eight Sharks goals on 48 shots.
The Flyers were outshot by 15 and committed twice as many giveaways (14-7). San Jose also held a 59.57 to 40.43 edge in five-on-five Corsi For percentage, according to Natural Stat Trick.
He has started all three of the Flyers' games so far in 2018-19, allowing two goals in a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night, and four more in a 5-2 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly won't seek goaltending assistance from outside the organization in the wake of Matt Murray's latest concussion diagnosis.
"(The) Pens are optimistic that it may not be too long (for Murray to return), but in the meantime, the Pens will not be looking externally for any help," TSN's Bob McKenzie said on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading."
"Casey DeSmith is scheduled to be the starter against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. Tristan Jarry is coming back off (an) injury, DeSmith is ready to play, but for the foreseeable future, as long as Murray is out of the lineup, it's expected to be DeSmith and Jarry."