Yesterday afternoon the the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world when they announced that retired former captain Mike Fisher would be un-retiring and re-joining the team later this week.
Remarkable! The 37-year-old Fisher retired this past offseason after the Preds’ incredible run to the Stanley Cup Final, but it’s clear that Fisher feels he has some unfinished business left with his former, now current, team.
Preds GM David Poile informed the media that Fisher will be spending the next few weeks training with the team to get into game shape and he’ll sign an official agreement sometime around the February 26th trade deadline.
Fisher, Poile and Preds head coach Peter Laviolette met with the media following the team’s announcement to answer questions and clear the air regarding Fisher’s return. The major sticking point amongst Preds fans? Don’t get too comfortable with the idea of Fisher in Smashville… this is a limited engagement. Fisher will not be back next year.
This was disappointing news to a lot of the team’s fans, given how big of a fan favorite the congenial Fisher is in Nashville. Regardless, Preds fans are just happy to have the veteran forward back.
No word yet on a definitive date for Fisher’s return or how exactly he’ll fit into the lineup. But you can bet it’ll be a home game and you can bet the Smashville fans will be out in full force.
Welcome back, Mike!
For the full press conference, click the video below: