Posted on December 17, 2012
The NHL Lockout is more than two months old and a third is about to be added to the books.
In a typical season Mike Fisher should be thinking about standings and stats, but this is anything but typical times.
Fisher has been attempting to maintain a sense of normalcy by skating with his Nashville Predators teammates in order to stay sharp in hopes of an upcoming season.
"Part of our job is to stay in shape," said Fisher. "We're mostly playing games to stay motivated and then the losing team buys lunch."
Fisher says it's just a little thing, but adding a competitive edge to things helps keep the guys feeling good.
While Fisher remains hopeful that some semblance of a season can be salvaged he's also making sure to enjoy the opportunity at hand.
Fisher has enjoyed some hunting, fishing and golf, luxuries not usually afforded during the regular season.
Fisher thoroughly enjoyed a hunting trip he was able to take with his father and brothers last month.
He and wife, Carrie Underwood, have also been able to spend more time together.
"It's never a problem to find something to do. But I would like to be back on the ice."
Fisher has been keeping a close eye on negotiations and admits it has been somewhat difficult to experience the emotional highs and lows of the situation, but he especially feels for those affected by the lockout.
"I know there's a lot of people out of a job right now because of the lockout and I really feel for them," he said. "The players want to be back at work too."