Even after having time to digest the series loss to the Vancouver Canucks Mike Fisher admitted it still hurt.
Fisher, who was acquired by the Predators in February, believes the team played its best and with maybe a couple of lucky bounces could have forced a Game 7.
"It's disappointing that we couldn't go forward," said Fisher. "I thought we had a good chance."
As a veteran of the game Fisher knows that opportunities can sometimes slip away very quickly, but when he looks at the nucleus of returning players in Nashville he sees a very bright future ahead for the organization.
Fisher is already looking forward to training camp and says the team will definitely have their sights set on a long playoff run.
"We have a lot of young guys and now they have more experience," he said. "I only see our team getting better. I think our own expectations will be even higher next season."
The Predators will have some housekeeping to take care of, most importantly re-signing Shea Weber, but Fisher feels confident that all the necessary pieces will fall into place to help solidify the Predators future.
This year's playoff run definitely helped improve the Predators reputation as a hockey market. Fans came out in droves to support their Predators as sellout crowds became the norm at Bridgestone Arena.
"It was great to see," said Fisher. "The fans were really great and you could really feel how much support the team has."
As for the rest of these playoffs Fisher isn't quite sure how much he'll watch.
"Sometimes it's hard to watch the team that beat you when you're sitting at home," he said. "Once the season's done I don't usually watch too much."
To say it was an emotionally exhausting season would be an understatement.
The start of the 2010-11 season was difficult as the Ottawa Senators struggled early on, then rumours of Fisher being traded began to surface and then the trade itself took place and then he was in the middle of a playoff race with the Predators.
"Getting into the playoffs and then the playoffs itself was exhausting, but it was awesome," said Fisher. "It was a great experience."
Fisher plans on enjoying some downtime this summer and prepare for what should hopefully be an exciting season with the Predators.