Posted on May 9, 2013
This was hardly the season Mike Fisher or the Nashville Predators expected when the lockout finally ended in early January.
Expectations were high and a trip to the playoffs was anticipated.
Unfortunately things rarely go as planned, especially in hockey.
"It's disappointing," said Fisher. "The good thing is we have some good young guys coming up and I think we'll be even better next year."
Fisher admits things started to unravel a little for the team during a lost Western road trip when the team failed to collect any wins and struggled to score goals.
"With it being such a short season you really couldn't afford any kind of long losing streak and we just seemed to struggle on that trip," said Fisher. "There were just too many nights where we relied on our goaltending, but you have to score some goals too."
Fisher finished the season with ten goals and 21 points, but was forced to miss a number of games down the stretch due to a hand injury.
"That was tough," admitted Fisher. "I really wanted to play, but it just wasn't the right decision, especially once we knew we had been eliminated."
Aside from the hand injury Fisher said he had been feeling great physically and looks forward to working hard over the summer and reporting for training camp.
"I'll take a little time off, but I always still do some light workouts," said Fisher. "There's a few guys that stay in Nashville and I'm sure we'll get together."
As for his off-season plans Fisher says he'll just try and relax and enjoy some of the downtime.