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Mike Fisher Now A Nashville Predator

Nashville, Tenn. (February 10, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 Draft. The conditional pick is Nashville’s third-round selection if the Predators win one round in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and turns into a second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds.

“We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on,” Poile said. “He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line.”

Let’s go back to late July of 2010 and read about Fisher’s views of Nashville…


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wow, that is a lot to give up for mike fisher.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/10/11 at 03:42 PM ET


He’s going home to wifey, good for them. I don’t think that’s a lot to give up for him.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/10/11 at 03:49 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Late first-rounders are significantly worth less than early first-rounders.  Time will tell, but this has all the makings of a very good trade for Nashville.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/10/11 at 03:59 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

Happy Valentines Day Carrie

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/10/11 at 04:06 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

I don’t follow trade predictions, as most are ridiculous.
Did anyone predict this..?

I think it is a great pickup for the Preds, especially after FSD went over the results of first round draft picks last night, and success was approaching long-shot odds.  1st round picks that are successful are still years away from helping the team.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/10/11 at 04:23 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

If Fisher was going to be traded, it was going to be to Nashville.

I’ve always personally thought he was overrated in Ottawa - he’s paid like a guy who, I think, should bring more than he has offensively.

However, he is a great addition to a team that already has some key pieces in place. I think he will fit well in Nashville and will be a huge boon to their marketing.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/10/11 at 04:44 PM ET

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Also should say that I think the return is quite good for Ottawa - though obviously the picks have to pan out for there to be a benefit.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/10/11 at 04:46 PM ET


Posted by Da lil Guy from Ottawa on 02/10/11 at 01:44 PM ET

I guess my take on him (considering last season moreso than this season) is like Ryan Kesler-lite (not taking into consideration Kesler’s current season). Probably less on-ice leadership qualities than Kesler displays, and everything else a half-step below (from Kesler last season).

Close? Or far from what you would say?

Posted by NathanBC on 02/10/11 at 04:49 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Close? Or far from what you would say?
Posted by NathanBC

When you consider the coaching he did not get in Ottawa, and the coaching he will get in NAS, I think this will turn out better than many think.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/10/11 at 05:04 PM ET


Win for all. Fisher a Nashville type forward who provides about 25 goals (which is a ton to add to Nashville’s lineup). Nashville doesn’t draft high enough to reasonably expect anything better than a great #3 defenseman, and they have at least 3 of those in their development system last time I checked. Ottawa can really use this pick.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/10/11 at 05:48 PM ET

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I would always chuckle at the reports that said Fisher would never leave Ottawa, and Carrie was perfectly happy there.

A country music star, happy in Ottawa, when Nashville also has an NHL franchise?

Yeah, right.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/10/11 at 06:07 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

I don’t think Fisher/Kesler comparisons are apt.

Fisher is a solid two way player, and he’s got a great wrist shot when he uses it. Offensively, though, he suffers from tunnel vision and the hands of a plumber (as opposed to an artist). There is very little creativity or finesse there, and I find that while he can make up for a line’s defensive weaknesses he sometimes stifles the creativity of his linemates as well.

He hits, he goes to the net hard, and he can shoot the puck. Goals tend to be individual effort and lunchpail style.

Back to the trade - something that might also be mentioned is that Ottawa takes back no salary. A rarity these days.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/10/11 at 08:25 PM ET


I understand that the Senators need to rebuild.  But getting a first round pick for a guy that won’t likely make an impact in the NHL for four years if not more seems to be a bad idea (see NYI).  I think if I were the Sens, I would be upset that I missed out on the Gardiner/Lupul deal.  This deal is awful for the Sens.  They are cashing in on the next five years.  Perhaps that is their new plan.

Makes perfect sense for the Preds.  Fisher is an established player so, giving up a pick isn’t that determinental.  Most importantly, Fisher’s contract was front loaded meaning his cap number is higher than his salary owed.  For a small market team, this is a big coup.  They get a great player and waste cap space that they would otherwise not be using.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 02/10/11 at 11:33 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

The move opens up a roster spot for guys already in the system and adds 4.2 million in space to add in the off season.

While it’s true a pick, even a first rounder, is a long term project; it’s not as if the Senators haven’t given themselves any options in the meantime with this deal. If and when new management comes in, they’ll have that much more of a free hand to rebuild as part of this deal.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 02/11/11 at 11:48 AM ET


Lets not forget this could also be great for Nashville in terms of marketing.  The husband of one of their biggest country music stars is playing tonight, go buy a ticket.  Heck you may be able to spot her in the stands watching the game on any given night.

Posted by Dahrken from Grand Rapids, MI on 02/11/11 at 04:09 PM ET

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