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February 19 2018, 07:59 | Van Peters
Mike Fisher coming out of retirement, rejoining Predators this season
When then-Predators captain Mike Fisherannounced his retirement in August 2017, he explained that the decision was made all the more hard knowing that Nashville had come so painfully close bringing home the Stanley Cup. He's also husband to country star Carrie Underwood, and they have a son together.
Fisher helped lead the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final last season. But Fisher said he believed the 2016-17 post-season run, one that fell two wins short of the sport's greatest prize, wouldn't be the last for the Predators.
"SEE YOU AGAIN", the team tweeted, with a picture of Fisher on the ice, all decked out in white and yellow. A former second-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, Fisher played his final seven seasons before retirement with the Predators. "I got a blessing from family and my wife".
The 37-year-old has undoubtedly been paying attention to the success the Preds are having this season after last June's run, and the desire still remains.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports Fisher was content in retirement, but the Predators approached him to discuss a potential return.
"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said.
Fisher hit the ice at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday morning - the "first step", according to the Predators, in getting him back on the team. He finished the year with 18 goals and 24 assists, rating fifth on the team in points. The veteran player intends to begin skating and training on his own before joining the gold team for practices.
Fisher has 51 points in 134 career playoff games. "But I had some conversations along the way, and the more I thought about it, I thought about the run we made previous year, how good this team is and how good it can be, and the more I thought how much fun it could be, and I'm ready for this". "And she's usually right", he said. Most of the scoring has come from few players and overall team production has declined.
But Fisher isn't coming back simply to be a warm body in the bottom six or a power play specialist, nor is that what the Predators are expecting.