Fisher set to take centre stage

Posted on February 9, 2012

Mike Fisher might officially be called a visitor, but to many he's home.

Fisher, now with the Nashville Predators, is making his first appearance at Scotiabank Place since being traded nearly one-year ago.

Thursday morning Fisher found himself in unfamiliar territory as he got ready in the visitors dressing room.

"It was a little strange to come into the other dressing room, that's for sure," said Fisher. "I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. I'm excited about it. I had a chance to see a lot of people I hadn't seen in a long time, but it was a different feeling."

Fisher admits he had this game circled on the calendar for a long time and is glad to have the opportunity to come back.

"I had a lot of good years here and the fans were always good to me and I always loved playing here."

Fisher had a chance to catch up with some former teammates after the Predators arrival in Ottawa, but in true Fisher fashion he also made time for those less fortunate.

Fisher made a quick stop at the hospital to see someone who was in need of a little cheering up and he was more than happy to be the messenger. When asked about the visit Fisher brushed it off as if it was nothing, but this is just a perfect example of why the 31-year-old was so loved by Ottawa fans.

Predators coach Barry Trotz is fully prepared to give Fisher centre stage.

"I'm going to ask if he wants to be in the starting lineup or I can get him to come out after the first whistle," said Trotz. "I'm going to let him decide, but I know what his answer will be. He'll say you decide."

Trotz knows how much this game means to Fisher and he wants him to fully enjoy it.

"He really loved his time in Ottawa," said Trotz. "We're obviously the beneficiaries of getting Mike Fisher...but there's a big part of Mike Fisher still in Ottawa."