February 10, 2011 by staff
Mike Fisher, Mike Fisher left the club as the NHL, he never played for the Ottawa Senators after a deal on Thursday that sent the veteran center for the Nashville Predators. Fisher, 30, was traded Thursday to Nashville in exchange for first-round NHL Entry Draft in June, and a conditional draft pick in 2012. Nashville Official Twitter feed announced the transaction. The conditional choice will be a second-or third round. Fisher scored 153 goals and 171 assists and 521 penalty minutes in 620 NHL games with Ottawa. He has a house in Tennessee with his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood.
The Peterborough, Ont., Native was selected in the second round of the 1998 draft entry for the Senators after playing junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves. It has been over the past 18 months later, the NHL, and was nominated for a Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in 2005-06. His best statistical season came in 2009-10 when he scored 25 goals and added 28 assists.
Fisher was tied for the team led with 14 goals in 55 games this season with 10 assists and a minus-19 rating.
It could be the first of mutliple movements of Ottawa, which fell in the ranking of the Eastern Conference last December and spent nearly the salary cap for this season.
Fisher will lead a competitor in the playoffs that strong defense, but sometimes struggles for an offense.
“We wanted a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we’ve decided to” Nashville general manager David Poile said in a statement. “He plays hockey playoff style all season. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match against any opposing line. ”
The Senators sent popular center Mike Fisher to Nashville for two draft picks, which means Ottawa, has decided that the club has to hit bottom to get a high draft pick next season.
The decision to send packing Fisher will not be popular. He raised eyebrows in the NHL. Many felt the senators must have at least tried to get a perspective drawn back.
Nashville did not make anyone in his list.
“I was surprised. I thought they should have got a player back, “said an officer of the league.” Peaks are fine, but who will play for them next year? This signals that they just try to reduce the cash and they will go young. ”
Another contract in the NHL not too long before the publication today. It sees the Ottawa Senators – in one of the classiest moves ever – Mike Fisher commercial for Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2011 first round and a conditional choice in 2012. Fisher, you cannot help but know, is married to another music star Carrie Underwood. A job in Nashville is just too cool.
Free up cap space and contribute to the reconstruction process is the bonus on the Ottawa side, which – no doubt – Miss Fisher’s presence on the ice.
Lines at the Predators game yesterday, as stated in the summary line in the NHL, were Steve Sullivan – David Legwand – Patric Hornqvist / Sergei Kosttsyn – Marcel Goc – Martin Erat / Matt Halischuk – Nick Spaling – JP Dumont / Colin Wilson – Jerred Smithson – Joel Ward.
Fisher is now easily the best center on the team, which should result, it will Hornqvist on the wing most of the time. LW slot may be in flux until a good fit is found, but Fisher should see ice time as he can handle and it will absolutely help the Predators. This should be an upgrade of fantasy value Fisher. How long it will engage with new linemates remains to be seen, but Fisher is a very adaptable player.
“We wanted a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we fix our gaze on,” GM David Poile said in the press release from the team. “He plays hockey playoff style all season. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match against any opposing line. ”
He added, “the playoff experience will be invaluable for Mike to our team and he immediately our team stronger and deeper,” said Poile.
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