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Fisher un-retiring to re-join Predators

Fisher un-retiring to re-join Predators”

Country music star Carrie Underwood welcomed her husband Mike Fisher back to the NHL Wednesday after he ended his brief retirement.

Fisher announced his retirement on August 3, just short of two months after the Predators lost the Stanley Cup Final in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had spent 17 years in the league.

The Nashville Predators even went to confirm the news via Twitter with a joking yet honest message welcoming back their previous captain. Certainly not Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators.

Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June only makes it more hard to leave it behind, but I do so with hope. He shared then that there was no one game or a single aha moment, but that he gradually became certain that it was right for him to retire.

Poile said there's not timetable for Fisher playing in games. Last season, Fisher led the Predators in hits and was second among forwards in blocks.

"It's great to be back", Fisher told reporters Wednesday.

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette praised Fisher's return to the club, as his presence is expected not only to help the team in a battle toward the playoffs, but to boost overall morale for the club.

"I sure am going to miss watching you play and cheering you on with the rest of Smashville, but I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life", she wrote.

Mike is the fifth-leading goal scorer in Predators history, with 109 goals.

"Bear with me, I'm still a little out of breath from the skate this morning", Fisher joked at the news conference.

Fisher has 51 points in 134 career playoff games.

Nashville has added centres Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino to their roster since Fisher last played. He played in 20 of the Predators' 22 post-season games last spring in winning their first Western Conference title.

The goal for Nashville has been and continues to be going all-in on this season, and bringing in a veteran who's familiar with the Predators' systems, is willing to take the role given to him and can be utilized in multiple positions makes an already rock-solid group, one that was already a Stanley Cup favorite, that much better.



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