Hey, it's August, we need the hits!
A nice bit of news comes today at the Town Hall as the Nashville Predators have locked up center Mike Fisher for 2 more years for a total of $8.4 million. Together with the year remaining on his current deal, this keeps Fisher with Nashville through 2014-2015. The guy has fit like a glove with this team since coming over from Ottawa in a February 2011 trade, and serves well both as an on- and off-ice leader for the Preds.
The Preds issued the following:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.4 million contract that will pay him $4.2 million in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Fisher, 32 (6/5/80), ranked second on the Predators in goals (24) and third in points (51) in 2011-12, in addition to ranking 11th in the NHL in game-winning goals (7). His offensive numbers - coupled with his solid defensive play (he posted a +11 and tied for eighth among NHL forwards in blocked shots with 76) - earned him the seventh-most votes for the Selke Trophy. The Peterborough, Ont., native also became the franchise's second-ever award winner as the recipient of the 2012 NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community. In 774 career regular-season NHL games with Ottawa and Nashville since 1999, Fisher has amassed 411 points (196g-215a). In 97 playoff contests, he has 39 points (18g-21a) and advanced to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.
Ottawa's second selection, 44th overall (second round), in the 1998 Entry Draft was acquired by the Predators on Feb. 10, 2011 and proceeded to pace the club in points (3g-3a-6pts) during the franchise's first-ever series victory over Anaheim in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals. He has twice represented Canada at the World Championships (2005 and 2009), earning a silver medal on both occasions.
The dynamic to watch over the next few seasons is to what extent any of the young centers can work their way past Fisher and David Legwand into leading roles on the team. Do you think Nick Spaling, Craig Smith, or Colin Wilson can take that step this season?