You may have heard this tune before. Veteran forward Mike Fisher is hanging up his skates - and this time, it is for real. The Nashville Predators forward announced Saturday that his playing days are over following his team’s second-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets.
"This cow has been milked as much as it can," Fisher told Predators radio reporter Jeremy Gover. "It's bone dry."
You know this is the second Fisher makes the announcement. Last summer, Fisher originally announced his retirement following the Predators' run to the Stanley Cup Final, but returned in January with the hope of taking one last shot at a championship this season.
In all, Fisher appeared in 16 regular-season games, picking up two goals and two assists along the way. He finished the postseason with one goal in 12 appearances. He however missed the last game of his team, the crucial Game 7 the Preds ended up losing 5-1 to the Jets, due to a lower-body injury. The team announced Fisher’s absence about three hours before puck drop of the deciding game in the second-round series between the NHL’s top two teams.
The Predators had called Fisher day-to-day, but now, the veteran has all the time in the world to recover and be with his family. The 37-year-old did however said he might be interested in an off-ice role with the Predators. Fisher was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, after coming back on a one-year contract that the Preds offered him to make the postseason one last time with Nashville.
Fisher's wife, Carrie Underwood had hinted at the potential of retirement this week. A day after her husband's team was eliminated in the NHL playoffs, Underwood captured adorable video of the couple's three-year-old son, Isaiah, shaving off his daddy's postseason beard. She also noted that now unemployed, Fisher needed to save some money and Isaiah was the solution for a new barber.
"Dada, shave your face so it will be all gone," Isaiah explained.
Fisher ends his 18-season career, split between the Predators and Ottawa Senators, with 278 goals and 311 assists in 1,104 games.