Per multiple reports, Mike Fisher is rejoining the Predators out of retirement.
The Nashville Predators announced Wednesday morning that they would be holding a press conference at 11:30 with head coach Peter Laviolette, general manager David Poile and ‘others.’ The extent of what the presser would be was unknown, but the news broke prior to the event that Mike Fisher will be coming out of retirement to rejoin the Predators as an active player.
Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone’s Midday 180 was the first to break the news.
As @withrowzone just said, the Preds will announce Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement at 11:30.
— The Midday 180 (@Midday180) January 31, 2018
TSN’s Bob McKenzie later than confirmed the report that Fisher will be returning as an active player.
Word is Fisher was quite content in retirement but NSH reached out to him in recent weeks and planted the seed about a possible return. And here we are today, with Fisher having agreed to terms on what is believed to be a one year deal for the balance of this season.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 31, 2018
Shortly after McKenzie’s update, the Predators made it official themselves:
“After walking away from the game of hockey last summer, Mike Fisher has decided that maybe he isn’t quite done just yet.
On Wednesday morning at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Fisher took to the ice in what is the first step toward the former Predators centerman rejoining the club he captained to within two wins of a Stanley Cup last spring – with hopes of getting just a little bit further this time around.
Indeed, Fisher intends to begin skating and working out on his own before joining the entire team for practices. The ultimate goal is to sign a contract before the Feb. 26 trade deadline and return to game action and pursue the one thing every hockey player dreams of.
It’s a virtually unprecedented move – only a handful of former NHLers have stepped out of retirement and back onto the ice to give it one more try.”
Fisher retired this past summer after playing seven seasons with the Predators. The former captain finished his Preds career with 109 goals and 128 assists in 413 career games. The 37-year-old lit the lamp 18 times and added 24 helpers last season in 72 contests.
This news is a massive shock. You may be asking, well, why, but McKenzie’s tweets paint the picture pretty well about the scenario. It is very interesting however that according to him, the Preds reached out to Fisher and not the other way around.
As for where Fisher slots into the lineup, I’d expect to see him in a bottom-six role while taking minutes both on the power play and penalty kill.