GARRIOCH: Ottawa Senators’ forward Austin Watson looking forward to a fresh start with rebuilding team

Austin Watson when playing for the Nashville Predators.

Austin Watson has a pretty quiet two weeks ahead of him.

While many of his new Ottawa Senators’ teammates will be gearing up to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign whenever it gets under way, the rugged forward and his family will be in self-isolation at their Ottawa home for the next 14 days after arriving in town from Nashville.

The 28-year-old Watson, dealt to the Senators by the Predators on Oct. 11 in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, was making his way down Highway 401 to Ottawa when he spoke with Postmedia Thursday afternoon and he’s excited about the opportunity to start a new chapter in his career.

Accompanied by the family dog Phoebee in the passenger seat, Watson took a break in the two day drive by spending Wednesday night with his grandparents at their home in Detroit. His wife, Jennifer Guardino, and the couple’s daughter Olivia were scheduled to arrive in Ottawa by plane on Friday.

Once the self-isolation is completed, Watson will join

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