Posted on July 22, 2014
This was hardly the summer Mike Fisher was expecting.
Earlier this month the Nashville Predators centre underwent surgery for a ruptured Achilles and is expected to miss four to six months.
Fisher had been doing some off-season training when the injury occurred.
"It was one of those freak deals," said Fisher, from his home. "I'm in a boot right now and watching a lot of television."
The next few months could be long and painful for Fisher as recovery from an Achilles injury can be slow.
"I'll be on crutches for a while," said Fisher. "I've started therapy and hopefully things will go well."
Ideally Fisher would love to be back on the ice in four months, but he's not going to rush things and risk further setbacks.
Knowing the Predators would be thin at centre general manager David Poile acted accordingly and went out and signed Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro to one-year contracts. Ribeiro will make $1.5 million and Roy signed for $1 million.
Poile called the signings a "low risk with hopefully a higher reward."
While both players are coming off sub-par seasons, they are hopeful to have fresh starts in Nashville.
If all goes according to plan Fisher could be back at some point in November.
"Of course I would prefer playing and being with the guys," said Fisher. "But hopefully my rehab will go well and I'll be back playing sooner rather than later."