There has been much speculation regarding Mike Fisher's contract status of late.
With the trade deadline fast approaching and Fisher's name being included among the many trade rumours there was a question as to whether or not he had a no-trade clause.
We can now confirm that Fisher does not have any kind of clause that would prevent the Ottawa Senators from trading, however it is unlikely that Fisher would be moved as the price would probably be too high for most teams, not to mention he's still a valuable commodity to the Senators.
Fisher's full no-movement clause expired at the end of the 2010 season, but then he did have a modified no-movement clause. Under the modified clause Fisher had until the end of last season's Stanley Cup final to provide the Senators with a 10-team no-trade list, but it appears the list was never submitted.
The 30-year-old has played his entire career in Ottawa and has no desire to be moved, but admits he can't control what decisions management make.
"It's hard to keep it off your mind," said Fisher. "I'm really happy here and to leave would be really hard. I want to be a part of this team going forward."
The team is undergoing one of its most difficult seasons in years and Fisher is just one of many players this year to be experiencing struggles.
Fisher has 13 goals and nine assists in 52 games, and while more offensive production was expected the entire team is struggling to find the back of the net.
"It's the most discouraging year I've ever had," admitted Fisher. "I've been thankful to have so many good years and when you go through something like this it makes you appreciate those seasons even more."
Despite the rumours that changes are imminent Fisher believes the team isn't that far off from being a contender once again.
"I think we're pretty close," said Fisher "and I want to be part of it."