Fisher and Underwood expecting
Posted: September 2, 2014
Mike Fisher will be taking on a new role this season! He's becoming a father!
On Labour Day he and wife Carrie Underwood let the world know via Twitter that they were expecting their first child.
The couple posted a picture of their dogs, Ace and Penny, wearing shirts saying "I'm going to be a big brother and big sister".
Underwood tweeted “In honor of “Labor” Day…Ace & Penny
would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier” she
Fisher added to the news tweeting “We haven’t picked names yet but
it’s looking like Fly is gonna fly. #boyorgirl #flyfisher”
Injury tough on Fisher
Posted: July 22, 2014
This was hardly the summer Mike Fisher was expecting.
Earlier this month the Nashville Predators centre underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles and is expected to miss four to six months.
Fisher had been doing some off-season training when the injury occurred.
"It was one of those freak deals," said Fisher, from his home. "I'm in a boot right now and watching a lot of television."
The next few months could be long and painful for Fisher as recovery from an Achilles injury can be slow.
"I'll be on crutches for a while," said Fisher. "I've started therapy and hopefully things will go well."
Ideally Fisher would love to be back on the ice in four months, but he's not going to rush things and risk further setbacks.
Knowing the Predators would be thin at centre general manager David Poile acted accordingly and went out and signed Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one-year contracts. Ribeiro will make $1.5 million and Roy signed for $1 million.
Poile called the signings a "low risk with hopefully a higher reward."
While both players are coming off sub-par seasons, they are hopeful to have fresh starts in Nashville.
If all goes according to plan Fisher could be back at some point in November.
"Of course I would prefer playing and being with the guys," said Fisher. "But hopefully my rehab will go well and I'll be back playing sooner rather than later."
New bench boss for Predators
Posted: May 10, 2014
There will be a new face behind the Nashville Predators
bench for the first time in 15 years as the organization announced the hiring
of Peter Laviolette as its new head coach.
Laviolette will have big shoes to fill as Barry Trotz, who
coached the team since they joined the league, was beloved by both players and
fans, but as Mike Fisher admitted sometimes you need a change.
“Barry was an amazing person and coach and I loved playing
for him,” said Fisher. “When you miss the playoffs two straight years though
you kind of expect some changes in this business.”
Predators general manager admitted the disappointment of
missing the post-season two straight years had an impact on his decision to
make a coaching change.
Laviolette comes to the Predators with a great deal of
experience. Over the course of 12 seasons with three different teams Laviolette
has compiled a career coaching record of 389-282-(25)-63 (866 points), and each
of the three teams improved exponentially in the first full season after he
took the helm.
“I’ve always heard a lot of good things about him as a
person and a coach,” said Fisher. “I’m excited. I think it will be a good
thing. It’s like starting from scratch and you’ve got to earn playing time and
respect from the coach.”
The Predators missed the playoffs by just three points this
season and with a solid nucleus of youth and leadership feel they could be on
the cusp of something exciting.
“I think we’re definitely headed in the right direction,”
said Fisher. “We did a lot of good things this season, but there’s definitely
some areas that need improvement.”
The Predators struggled in shootouts this season and know
that having won a few more could have made a big difference in the standings.
“I’m sure that’s one area Peter will want to see some
improvement,” said Fisher with a bit of a laugh. “We really want to just
improve on what we’ve been building here the last couple years."
While Fisher will enjoy a little time off this summer, he
says he’s already looking forward to training camp.
Predators make coaching change
Posted: April 14, 2014
The Nashville Predators are moving on without the man who
led the team on the ice from Day 1.
Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season as head coach,
the team announced after a Tennessean report, but he is being offered a
position within the team's hockey operations department.
"Our organization has high expectations and we have not
met them in the past two seasons," general manager David Poile said in a
press release. "As a result, it is my decision and determination that we
need a new voice and a new direction. Our change in direction began over a year
ago as we have made several personnel changes, including trading of long-time
veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason. Our goal is
to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley
Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible
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