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by Alanah McGinley on 04/18/11 at 04:45 PM ET
From Kevin Allen at USA Today:
But a case can be made that no midseason NHL trade acquisition has been more important for a team than the Nashville Predators’ pickup of Mike Fisher.
“Since game two of the season when Matthew Lombardi went down with a concussion, we had a huge hole in our lineup,” Nashville general manager David Poile said. “Our guys battled and found a way to get through it, but Mike Fisher is a piece of the puzzle that was a perfect.”
The Predators acquired Fisher with the idea that his two-way style fit well into coach Barry Trotz’s defensive gameplan, But three games into the Stanley Cup playoffs, he’s their leading scorer with five points. He’s tied for the league lead in that department, and he has been a true flag carrier, even to the point of fighting Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf in Sunday’s game.
“There is not a chance that we would have made the playoffs without him,” Poile said.
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