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Mike Fisher Comes Out Of Retirement

Mike Fisher Comes Out Of Retirement

Fisher revealed Thursday he will return to the National Hockey League to play for the Nashville Predators just months after announcing his retirement.

There is no timetable to when Fisher will officially return to the ice for the Predators, though reports say he was on the ice at Bridgestone Arena skating on Wednesday before the announcement.

The Predators now have more than $9 million in salary cap space, according to CapFriendly, so signing Fisher to a prorated deal shouldn't be burdensome. He's the fifth-leading goal-scorer in Predators history with 109. "I got a blessing from family and my wife".

"Everyone wants to win in this game, no one probably more than me", Fisher told the Tennessean then.

"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. Roman Josi was named the team's new captain in September.

"All this is really for getting ready for the playoffs", Poile said. He joined Nashville during the 2010 season.

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"Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June [2017] only makes it more hard to leave [the game] behind", said Fisher upon retirement. Fisher announced his retirement back in August, but apparently the Predators got in contact with him in recent weeks and things went from there.

Nashville wanted Fisher back last summer.

"It's great to be back", he said. He's still going to be a clever two-way player with some offensive acumen, even if his best days are behind him and even if his zero-goal, four-assist performance in the playoffs would hint that his offense has dried up.

He is expected to sign a one-year contract to play the remainder of the season, though Poile said the team has no timeline for his season debut. The Predators signed centre Nick Bonino in free agency and landed centre Kyle Turris in November from Ottawa in a three-way trade. After averaging over 4 goals a game for a large portion of the opening months, they have scored 3 or less in 14 of their last 18 games.

"I believe this team is built to win", Fisher said.