The Predators announced today that last year’s captain Mike Fisher will join the Predators’ roster for the remainder of the season. There is no timetable for his return. He is expected to sign a contract sometime before the trade deadline. Furthermore, he will not wear a “C” or an “A” on his sweater.
Last year was the first in Mike Fisher’s career that he captained a team and, in doing so, he registered 18g-24a-42p during the regular season. His captaincy was capped off with a riveting playoff run where he helped the Predators reach their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in franchise history.
Bringing Mike Fisher back into the fold accomplishes numerous objectives on David Poile’s trade deadline list without forfeiting any assets.
First, Mike Fisher is known for his ability to win critical face-offs, a skill that only becomes more important as the playoffs come around.
Second, he bolsters the center depth on the Predators even more. The current depth-chart of centers now reads Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris, Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok, Mike Fisher, Colton Sissons, and Frederic Gaudreau.
Third, although Johansen has done well in his penalty killing duties, Mike Fisher will be able to eat more of those minutes so that Johansen can be fresh for even strength hockey. Fisher has always been a reliable penalty killer during his time in Nashville, so the 18-season veteran Fisher should slide right in.
Fourth and finally, not enough can be said for the leadership that Mike Fisher provides. While Roman Josi has filled in and done an outstanding job as captain, Mike Fisher is everything you want and more in a locker room. On the ice, he will do whatever it takes to win, setting an example and tone for his teammates to follow. In terms of character, Mike Fisher is truly elite.
One can only speculate as to how the lineup will change with Mike Fisher back in the fold, but in all likelihood Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons play on wings while Johansen, Turris, Bonino, and Fisher play down the middle.
After coming up short in the Stanley Cup Finals with the Ottawa Senators in 2007, it took Mike Fisher ten years to make a return to the finals. Once more, he left empty handed. Were his name on the Stanley Cup, he may still be in retirement. However, his business isn’t finished.
Boys, go get Mike his Cup.