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Fisher set for new season

Posted: October 8, 2015

Mike Fisher can easily be considered a wily veteran, after all he is entering his 17th season in the NHL, but even after all these years he still gets excited for opening night.

The Nashville Predators host the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night and Fisher admits he may be more even more excited than in years past.

At 35 Fisher realizes he is in the twilight of his career and acknowledges that he’s unsure how many more season openers he’ll be a part of.

Fisher signed a two-year contract extension this past summer, but says after that who knows? With that in mind he says you can’t help but appreciated the small things a bit more.

“I still love the game,” said Fisher. “It’s different as you get older. You’re trying to enjoy the fact you’re still playing the game and really appreciate what it brings.” 

Fisher says at this point his age doesn’t seem to be a factor, if anything he feels great.

Last season Fisher finished the year with 39 points in 59 games and was easily the Predators best two-way forwards, despite missing the start of the season due to a ruptured Achilles suffered during off-season training.

Fisher says he worked hard this summer and his body feels good. In addition the excitement around the city surrounding the Predators is infectious to players as well.

“Nashville is one of the good stories in the NHL,” said Fisher. “Fans have embraced the team and are now packing the arena. Once people get to see the game live they get hooked.” 

Fisher acknowledges it was different going from a hockey-mad city like Ottawa to Nashville after being traded in 2011. When he first arrived in Nashville he could go out to dinner or the grocery store without ever being recognized, but now that hockey has become more popular fans are starting to recognize players out in public.

“There’s a little more recognition now, but it’s great. Everyone is so friendly.”

This upcoming season Fisher could join an elite group of players as he is poised to play his 1,000th NHL game.

While the milestone would be special, Fisher says it would be even better if the Predators were to make a long playoff run.


Fisher signs contract extension

Posted: June 27, 2015

Mike Fisher signed a two-year contract extension Friday with the Nashville Predators.


Fisher, who was traded to the Predators four years ago, calls Nashville home and was pleased to get the deal signed.


The new contract will pay the 35-year-old forward He will make $4.8 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in 2016-17.


Fisher is excited about the new deal, but is equally pleased with the direction the team is headed.


"I'm really excited," Fisher said. "The start we made last year and the progression of where we're headed, the commitment from the owners and management to make this team the best we had, it's exciting for me.

"It's such a hard (thing) to do and win. I've been at it a long time and haven't been able to do it. But I see our situation as the best chance I'll have here, with our good young core and guys getting better and being able to add players. I think we're going to have a great shot."


Fisher’s new contract includes a full no-trade and no-move clause.


Predators general manager David Poile has always been very supportive of Fisher and was thrilled to get the contract finalized.


"He's happy, we're happy," Predators general manager David Poile said. "As I've said to him and I've said publicly and I'll repeat again right now that Mike can play for the Predators as long as he wants. I'm certainly hoping that he plays for more than two years, but at the end of the day, I'm hoping he retires as a Predator."


Fisher missed the first 21 games last season due to a lacerated Achilles, but returned in fine form and finished the season with19 goals and 39 points in 59 games. Unfortunately he missed most of Nashville's six-game playoff series against Chicago with a groin injury.


Nashville has become home for Fisher and while he continues to love the game he felt a two-year deal was the right thing at this point in his career.


“I think it's just a good fit," Fisher said. "I don't want to look too far down the road. I'm not 21 anymore. We'll see what happens. I want to win in the next two years. That's kind of my goal. That's what I want to help this team to do, and we'll see after that."

Forsberg leads Predators to victory

Posted: April 24, 2015

Filip Forsberg’s first NHL hat trick helped the Nashville Predators stave off elimination with a 5-2 win Thursday in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

 Chicago, which will host Game 6 on Saturday, has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Playoff series.

 Predators’ goaltender Pekka Rinne made 28 saves, and Nashville scored three goals in a 2:27 span in the third period.

 It was the first time Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling allowed more than two goals in the series.


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Blackhawks win in triple overtime

Posted: April 22, 2015

It spanned two days, had 101:00 of playing time, 100 combined shots on goal, took 4 hours, 31 minutes to complete and finished with a familiar sight inside United Center early Wednesday.

Once again, it was defenseman Brent Seabrook who scored a game-winning goal in overtime for the Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on his one-timer from the blue line 1:00 into triple overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference First Round.



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