By Jack Fenty
News: It has been only 8 months since the Nashville Predators former captain Mike Fisher retired from the team that was defeated in the Stanley Cup Finals. The 37-year-old has now announced he will be returning to the Nashville Predators for the rest of the season. As of now Fisher is only on a Professional Tryout Contract, which means he can work out with team until the trade deadline; after that date rosters must be set for the NHL playoffs. Fisher will most likely sign a nice 1-year deal with the team. Fisher says he had been contemplating the move for weeks now, and his wife, Carrie Underwood, pushed him to do it. The country music star tweeted after the news broke “This is happening! Fish is back! So proud of you baby! We want the cup!!!”. Hockey relationship goals… It is clear the Fishers are all in for helping the Predators get revenge and will the Stanley Cup this season.
What does this mean for the Predators? The Nashville Predators are one of the deepest teams in the NHL. With the addition of veteran Mike Fisher, the roster will get even deeper. Fisher had 18 goals and 24 assists in 72 games last year. He will most likely play on the third or fourth line behind centers Ryan Johansen, Klye Turris, and Nick Bonino. Not only does Fisher bring talent to the lineup, but he brings leadership – a key to success in the playoffs. The more leadership the team has the better the club will most likely do. I don’t know if there’s any statistic behind this but it’s common hockey sense.
What does this mean for the rest of the NHL? It means the NHL trade market is locked up three weeks from the trade-deadline. If the Predators had to take a guy out of retirement to gain depth on the team that is bad news for general managers around the league trying to buy at the trade deadline. There are many players out there that could be added to gain depth to this team and instead they have a player who has not worked out much over the past year.
Overall: Nashville is in for a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Mike Fisher will be a huge part of the leadership inside of the locker room and will hopefully provide stability on the bottom two lines for the Preds. I cannot wait to hear that crowd again this playoffs.
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