OTTAWA â€” The economics of hockey will force the Ottawa Senators to make some very significant changes before the start of next season.
But the departure of forward Mike Fisher won't be one of them.
Fisher, a career Senator who was drafted by the club in 1998, has given up his chance to be an unrestricted free agent after this coming season by signing a five-year, $21-million (all currency U.S.) contract extension with Ottawa.
It's widely assumed Fisher could have commanded considerably more next summer on the open market. But like teammate Chris Phillips, who gave up free agency this summer and signed a four-year, $14-million deal in the spring, Fisher opted to take less to stay put.