It is official: Mike Fisher is a member of the Nashville Predators once again.
Almost two months ago, Fisher announced his intentions to come out of retirement. This was exciting news, but it was made known that he was in no rush to get back on the team. Since the announcement, Fisher has been working on his endurance and conditioning. He wanted to make sure he was 100 percent ready to come back before signing his contract.
Well, today is the day. The 37 year-old Fisher signed a one-year, $1 million contract that will last for the remainder of the season.
Due to the fact that Fisher did not sign his contract until February, his salary will be prorated. According to capfriendly.com, Fisher will only have a cap hit of $215,000.
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Now, the question is where does he fit? He is a gritty, hard-nosed center who will likely get third and fourth line minutes. I would also expect to see him on the penalty kill units. He will flash and impress, but he brings a veteran presence to a team that can definitely use it.
Last season, Fisher finished the year fifth on the team in points with 42. He had 18 goals and 24 assists in 72 games played. Those were really good numbers for someone his age, but his offensive prowess regressed tremendously in the playoffs.
Through 20 games he only tallied four assists. Considering the drop-off and his mini-retirement, it will be interesting to see where his play is at now. All things considered, this was a good move and a favorable signing that will only help Nashville win more.