Former Predators team captain Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement and will be rejoining the team later this season.
GM David Poile said he hopes to reach an agreement with Fisher and sign a contract before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.
Fisher intends to start skating and working out on his own before joining the entire team for practice.
Fisher announced he was retiring in August, following the Predators' stunning run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Fisher said he had the blessing of his family to return to the team. He said his wife, country star Carrie Underwood, kept asking him if he wanted to come back to hockey.
Underwood shared her reaction on Twitter, saying, "This is happening! Fish is back! So proud of you, baby! We want the cup!!!"
Prior to his retirement, Fisher spent 17 seasons in the NHL. Fisher was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the 1998 NHL Draft. He stayed with the team until he was traded to the Predators in 2011. He made his first Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2001.
Fisher signed a two-year contract back in June 2015. In September 2016, he was named the sixth captain of the franchise. He led the Preds to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, eventually losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins after six games. Fisher was the first Predators captain to retire with the team.
This is happening! Fish is back! So proud of you, baby! We want the cup!!! https://t.co/ohP7zPtT1s— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) January 31, 2018
Laviolette says Fisher’s had an open-ended invitation to the team 24/7.— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) January 31, 2018
HC put it out there to let him know the window was open for a return if Mike ever wanted it.
Fisher says he got the blessing of his family to comeback. Says Carrie Underwood kept asking him if he wanted to.— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) January 31, 2018
Happy for him
Fisher said “she’s usually right.” https://t.co/MGewAr5xAf— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) January 31, 2018
Laviolette:— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisWSMV) January 31, 2018
"There's not a guy down there right now who doesn't have a smile on his face because Mike's going to come back."
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