Center Mike Fisher coming out of retirement, will join Preds

Arnold Nichols
February 3, 2018

The Predators announced Wednesday Fisher will come out of retirement and play for the team.

Fisher skated in Preds gear at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday morning and aims to get back in game shape and sign a contract before the February 26 trade deadline.

"Bear with me, I'm still a little out of breath from the skate this morning", Mike Fisher, 37, joked when he announced that he's un-retiring on January 31, according to ESPN.

Fisher will turn 38 on June 5. Last season, he had seven goals and 17 points on the power play, leading the team in the former and trailing only Johansen in the latter. "And she's usually right. and people that I just had discussions with, watching their eyes light up and saying 'That'd be cool.' I had definitely the blessing from the family and they're all pretty excited", he continued. "But to be honest, [my wife] Carrie [Underwood] was, she kept asking me nearly every day what I was going to do and she wanted me to do it". "I'm completely confident Mike is going to play", Poile told reporters.

Despite the fact that Daddy's going back to work, family time between Fisher, Underwood and their 2-year-old son, Isaiah, doesn't seem to be affected. Because while he's experienced and will likely throw his body in front of any and all oncoming shots, Fisher was the arguably the worst penalty-killing forward in Nashville last season. But Fisher, 37, announced his retirement August 3.

I'm sure it has to do with the Chicago Blackhawks not playing consistent hockey for most of the first half of the season, but I've never remembered following any sport that has been tracking the Wild Card Spots before the All-Star break like the NHL has this season.

"We're getting a terrific person, we're getting a lot of character put into our locker room, experience and leadership, and a terrific player", Laviolette said. He scored 18 goals and posted 42 points in 72 games last season, adding four assists in 20 playoff games. The Predators signed centre Nick Bonino in free agency and landed centre Kyle Turris in November from Ottawa in a three-way trade. "Endings are always tough, but I believe when something ends, there are new beginnings, new opportunities and new things to be excited for, too", he wrote in a letter to fans.

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