The Nashville Predators announced at the Skate of the Union Town Hall Meeting that center, Mike Fisher has re-signed with the team to a 2 year, $8.4 million contract. Read the story and press release after the jump.
Here is the Press Release sent out by the Nashville Predators.
Nashville, Tenn. (August 20, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.4 million contract that will pay him $4.2 million in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Fisher, 32 (6/5/80), ranked second on the Predators in goals (24) and third in points (51) in 2011-12, in addition to ranking 11th in the NHL in game-winning goals (7). His offensive numbers – coupled with his solid defensive play (he posted a +11 and tied for eighth among NHL forwards in blocked shots with 76) – earned him the seventh-most votes for the Selke Trophy. The Peterborough, Ont., native also became the franchise’s second-ever award winner as the recipient of the 2012 NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community. In 774 career regular-season NHL games with Ottawa and Nashville since 1999, Fisher has amassed 411 points (196g-215a). In 97 playoff contests, he has 39 points (18g-21a) and advanced to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.
Ottawa’s second selection, 44th overall (second round), in the 1998 Entry Draft was acquired by the Predators on Feb. 10, 2011 and proceeded to pace the club in points (3g-3a-6pts) during the franchise’s first-ever series victory over Anaheim in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals. He has twice represented Canada at the World Championships (2005 and 2009), earning a silver medal on both occasions.
Here is the story already prepared by Ryan Shannon.
Nashville acquired Fisher via trade with the Ottawa Senators in the 2010-2011 season to gear up for that year's playoff run as well as the near future of the team. David Poile now continues to solidify the Predators as a playoff contender by extending Fisher's contract with Nashville through the 2014-15 season.
Fisher would have entered unrestricted free agency on July 1, 2013 after the 2012-2013 NHL season, but Poile, having learned his lesson, decided to avoid that game of chicken with the Preds' assistant captain next offseason.
Fisher made his mark in the 2011 playoff run seven points including a two goal performance in the Predators' game one victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The Peterborough native uped his regular season point total from 36 to 51 this past season and looks to continue that climb paired with Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn on the first forward line.
Fisher will play out the final year of his previous contract which has him set to make $3 million with a cap hit of $4.2 million according to capgeek.com.
Fang Finger's Thoughts
This is a great signing by the Nashville Predators to lock up Mike Fisher. He is great for the community in growing hockey throughout Middle Tennessee. Not to mention, Carrie Underwood stays in Nashville to not only support the Predators, but make it a "celebrity event".
Last season, Fisher had 51 points in 72 games and 4 points in 10 games during the playoffs. Fisher is a proven playoff performer and an excellent leader to have on the team.