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Tennessee’s Own Catch and Release Program: Titans Let One Fisher Go, But Preds Hook Another
Posted By Nicholas Starcevich On Feb 11 2011 @ 4:43 pm In Nashville Predators | 2 Comments
Is that Carrie Underwood I see at the next home game?…the one after that…and the one after that? Why yes it is! Let the Mike Underwood-Fisher era begin! For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, the new Mr. Fisher in town is hitched to Country Music Star Carrie Underwood.
The Nashville Predators brass just made a BIG commitment to winning their first playoff series in franchise history. Now it’s time for the boys on the ice to do the same. If there was a player available by the NHL trade deadline that could help the Predators the most, Mike Fisher may just be the man for the job.
Let us take a look at the trade details. Nashville acquired Mike Fisher for their 1st round selection in the 2011 NHL entry draft and a conditional draft pick. The conditional pick will be a 3rd round selection in the 2012 NHL entry draft if the Predators win one playoff series, and can become a 2nd round selection in the 2012 NHL entry draft if the Preds win two or more series. Fishers’ cap hit currently sits at $4.2 million, although he will be paid the remainder of his $4.0 million dollar salary this season, another $4.0 next season and $3.0 million in 2012-13 which would conclude the 5 year/21 million dollar deal he originally signed with Ottawa. At the end of the deal Fisher will be an UFA.
To understand what he brings to the table here is a statistical breakdown of Mr.Fisher: this season in 55 games he has recorded 14 goals and 10 assists, compiling 33 PIM. His +/- is at -19, but that is expected when playing for the lowly Senators. He has totaled 132 shots on goal averaging 2.4 shots per game while tallying 3 PP goals. The stats that may jump out most are the 59 blocked shots he has accumulated which lead all Ottawa forwards in that category, as well as the 91 hits which ranked him second on his former team.
Fisher provides Nashville with some strong leadership and always important John Wayne/Jeff Bridges “TRUE GRIT” attitude. Fisher is a well known fantastic 2-way centerman who averaged 18:25 of total ice time mixing in 1:40 short handed and 2:34 on the power play so far this season. He has been roughly a 50% faceoff winner throughout his career, although he sits at 48.4% for the current year. His career totals of 675 games, 167 goals and 181 assists to go along with 66 playoff tilts will certainly come in handy down the stretch. Is this the perfect Barry Trotz centerman? If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. What an addition!
Fisher was originally drafted by Ottawa in the 2ndround(44thoverall) in the 1998 NHL entry draft. That same year the Predators took David Legwand with the 2nd overall pick preceded by Vincent Lecavlier. Fisher could be tabbed as possibly one of the 5 best players taken in his draft year that included late draft choices such as Pavel Datsyuk (6th round) and Andrei Markov (6th round) to name a few. It is unknown how Trotz will exactly use Fisher, but the options seem to be limitless. Only time will tell, but as of today I can’t seem to wipe the grin off my face!
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