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Of the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's numerous Sunday hockey notes, these struck me as the most interesting and intriguing:
You have to wonder about the future of the Arizona Coyotes when the five-year out clause expires. The owners group already have piled up $34 million in losses and $50 million in four years is the point where the club can exercise a move. No, this news isn't stunning, but it's no wonder Andrew Barroway, who took over the Coyotes in January, pushed for a rebuild.
The Predators already have opened talks with UFA C Mike Fisher and he likely isn't going anywhere, but if he does go to market he's going to have something to think about. "There'd be strong offers for him," said a league executive Friday. Not only is Fisher hard-nosed, he's got good offensive skills and can help a team win. Turns out he has been an excellent fit in the West since being dealt to Nashville by the Senators but even if Fisher gets to free agency there's not much chance he's leaving the Predators.
St. Louis could be a hotspot in the off-season if they don't get past the first round. The Blues are on a collision course to face the Chicago Blackhawks and that never has turned out very well in the past. Coach Ken Hitchcock has done an excellent job, however, he has to start getting results in the post-season. If he doesn't, then it's quite possible there could be a change behind the bench.
Garrioch continues, discussing Nazem Kadri, the Sharks, Ted Nolan and the Devils...
This Saturday, Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman got six minutes' worth of time to discuss hockey headlines, and they stated that:
- Boston University forward and top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel may or may not bolt from NCAA hockey to join a Canadian Hockey League team, with the Saint John Sea Dogs owning his rights. Cox points out that Charlie Coyle, Adam Tambellini and Sonny Milano have all committed to NCAA teams and then joined CHL teams instead, so it is possible that Eichel may be on the move after he plays for Team USA at the World Junior Championships--and BC goalie Thatcher Demko might also exit stage CHL;
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The Tennessean's Josh Cooper updated two important items on the Nashville front today, and the first comes via a tip from NHL.com: According to Cooper, Predators forward Mike Fisher's not exactly going to return in a hurry from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon:
There is no change in the timeline for forward Mike Fisher's recovery from a ruptured Achilles, Predators general manager David Poile said.
Fisher was injured in early July and the Predators announced that he would miss four to six months.
"He's working out on a regular basis here," Poile said. "Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a four- to six-month injury. Optimistically, Thanksgiving and end of November. That's an optimistic target."
Second, Cooper reports that the Predators and restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Ellis remain "a ways apart":
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile released the following statement today regarding forward Mike Fisher.
“Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3. We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice.”
The refs called it a good goal and the situation room confimed the call.
Mike Fisher received five for boarding and a game misconduct, Franson received a cut on the bridge of his nose when his visor came down and clipped him. He did need stiches to clos the cut.
Fisher talked to the Tennessean post-game and he felt he did not even deserve a penalty on the play. Watch it below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Like Doan and his wife and family, Fisher’s faith is also a staple in his marriage to country music star Carrie Underwood. It was one of the initial draws when the two first met.
“That was a huge part of our relationship early on,” Fisher said. “She’s got a similar story to me in our journey and walking with the Lord. We both kind of learned through the teenage years and found what was really important and made it real for us. That was a big part of our relationship and obviously still is and of our marriage now.”
For Doan, a word that he repeats over and over is “genuine.” He said it six times during a 15-minute interview with ESPN.com. And it’s clear that perhaps what he’s trying to say is that a lot of athletes cite their faith but not all walk the walk.
“Too many times athletes and people want to think it’s what they should do, and they try to do it, but it’s not genuine,” Doan said. “God called on us to be real. He didn’t call on us to fake, he called on us to be real.”
That’s one thing Doan and Fisher will never be accused of—not being genuine.
from Kate Hogan of People,
Carrie Underwood is very excited that husband Mike Fisher’s hockey team is in the NHL playoffs, but she’s not quite as enthused about the rituals that come along with the games.
“I’m not looking forward to the playoff beard,” she joked to PEOPLE while promoting Olay’s new “Beauty by Example” campaign in New York on Thursday. “[The players] all grow out their facial hair during the playoffs.”
Continued the country star: “So before they started, I told Mike, ‘You need to shave close.’ He always looks good with a little stubble, but it’s probably going to get out of hand soon.”
Carrie, there is one sure way to put an end to that beard, even before it gets out of hand.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
Beauchemin might face a hearing this morning with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan after dropping Predators center Mike Fisher in the latter half of the first period with a hit in the neutral zone.
Fisher suffered what the Predators called an “upper-body injury” and did not return to the game. But it was a hit that the rugged blue-liner and the Ducks ardently believe was clean in nature.
“I’m just hoping he’s OK,” Beauchemin said. “Because that’s just one of those fast plays that happens. Just a hit shoulder to shoulder. That’s what the league is looking at and I really had my arm tucked in. (No) elbow. Nothing.
“Maybe the point of the impact of his head on the ice hurt him more than anything else.”
Beauchemin did get two minutes for an illegal check to the head, watch the video and you can decide what is next….
“I think being a Christian in NHL has come a long way. We had a guy [Larry] that led our chapel in Ottawa for years, and he was under so much scrutiny back in the ’80s because he was a believer. He was one of the first believers to kind of tell everyone about his faith and let people know and that was really kind of odd in the hockey world back then which is sad. He got a lot of grief from some of the owners and management. And hockey ministries, HMI, has done really good work and gotten chapels — I think it’s close to half of the teams right now that have optional chapels for guys that can go and learn with the Lord and so that’s exciting. So it has come a long way.”
—Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, discussing his book “Defending the Faith” coming out in September
Update August 30, 2011: Correction—According to Amazon.com the actual title is “Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story”
I’m planning a romantic second honeymoon in Hawaii very soon. Mike and I hope to make a baby under those tropical stars.”
-Carrie Underwood, wife of Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, via ShowbizSpy.
thanks to a reader for the pointer and personally, a little too much information for me
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
The 30-year-old Fisher is an oddity in hockey. He is a throwback in that he plays with such abandon that even his teammates are left shaking their heads with how hard he goes. He plays an old-fashioned style, the classic checker when at centre and almost a Ron Ellis facsimile when he has been put on the wing, a player who moves up and down so directly it sometimes seems as if he is being controlled by a slot. He hardly drinks, rarely swears and attends church regularly. While other players would list golf as their favourite off-season activity, he would rather be out fishing or big-game hunting. While others drive Hummers, his choice of vehicle while in Ottawa was a Ford F-150.
He is of a sports mindset that reaches beyond the black-and-white pictures of Beehive Golden Corn Syrup all the way back to Frank Merriwell, a ridiculously popular juvenile fiction character in the early part of the previous century who starred in novels, comic books, radio serials and even movies – handsome, smart, decent, polite, non-smoking, non-drinking, God-fearing, superb at sports.
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.
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…
Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
Mike Fisher, after leading his teammates in goal scoring for the first time in 17 years, married superstar recording artist Carrie Underwood in the off-season and appeared in a music video with his bride, plus the couple is having a new home built on the outskirts of Ottawa.
It can’t be easy being a “Fish” in two fish bowls: the music/glam world he has married into and the fish bowl he has known, as a Canadian player on a Canadian-based National Hockey League team. Growing up in a small city like Peterborough, Ont., learning to skate and fish and hunt in his Kawartha Lakes, Ont., backyard, was hardly ideal training for fending off paparazzi (although that crossbow he favours would come in handy).
But, on the surface, anyway, Fisher takes all the fuss and hype in stride.
“You know what, living in Ottawa, we’re kind of protected from a lot of it,” Fisher says. “Nashville, the same. It would be different if we were living in L.A. or New York or something, but we’re fortunate to be living where we are.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
The average second-line centre in the NHL had the following statistical line from 2009-10:
18 goals, 30 assists, 48 points
My guess is that most people would predict those numbers would have been a bit higher. But try to remember, this isn’t 1994 anymore.
Mike Fisher’s season total of 25-28-53 put him well ahead of the average second-line centre in goals. Fisher’s five-year average since the lockout has seen him produce an average of 21 goals and 45 points. (Numbers that would be higher if you removed his atypical 2008-09 season when he was an underachiever and suffered through an off-year. It’s safe to call him a fairly consistent 20-25 goal scorer in the NHL.)
Fisher’s offensive production put him alongside some of the best second-line centres in the NHL last season. He fits right in with the following list of players whom I feel are the best second-line centres in the game. (This includes players like Patrick Sharp and Daniel Briere, who often switch between centre and wing, but for the purposes of this piece, I considered them centres).
Ryan Kesler: 25 goals, 75 points ($5 million cap hit)
from Doug Hempstead of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s officially Mike and Carrie Fisher.
The elite wedding of Senators forward Mike Fisher, 30, and American sweetheart superstar country singer Carrie Underwood, 27, went ahead as planned Saturday in Greensboro, Ga.
The couple, known for steadfastly guarding their privacy, gave exclusive coverage rights to People magazine, which reported Saturday evening 250 friends and family witnessed the event, set to classical music and featured the religious couple’s favourite Bible readings.
Among those in attendance were country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips, Shean Donovan, Nick Foligno, Chris Neil and former teammate Wade Redden.
Fisher received 5 for boarding and a game misconduct. Too much?
A woman came up to me at the grocery store and chewed me out, telling me if I thought I was going to take Mike (Fisher) away from Ottawa, I had another thing coming, and she wasn’t kidding. She let me know she loved him and he was going to stay here, period, no matter what I said. She might have been kidding, but she wasn’t being funny.”
-Carrie Underwood via TheBoot.
from Chris Young of Toronto Star,
Dion Phaneuf’s arrival as the newest Maple Leaf in town means it won’t be long before main squeeze Elisha Cuthbert shows up at the Air Canada Centre, a place that hasn’t seen a power couple like this since Vince Carter and his mom left town.
The 24-year-old Phaneuf, acquired from Calgary on Sunday, and Cuthbert, the 27-year-old Calgary native best known for her role in the TV drama 24, have been an item for nearly two years.
They will have to do some hard training, though, to catch up with the power play going on in Ottawa. Singer Carrie Underwood and her Senators centreman Mike Fisher are coming off their cute-and-cuter Grammy Awards appearance Sunday night as they move toward a planned wedding that will be the most sought-after invitation in the game this summer.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators heartthrob Mike Fisher and his country singer superstar girlfriend Carrie Underwood are engaged to be married.
Fisher confirmed their engagement just moments ago as the Senators prepared for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins at Scoriabank Place. Responding to questions, he said he popped the question to Underwood on Sunday, but declined to offer any other details at this point.
“It’s true,” said Fisher. “We’re both obviously excited and very happy.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Mike Fisher made a vow to his girlfriend of almost a year when she wrote a love note to him for all the world to see.
“I told her that when my CD came out, I’d return the favour,” the Senators centre said with a laugh after Saturday’s 5-3 win over Buffalo.
In an exclusive interview with Sun Media, Fisher also chuckled when asked if he had any immediate plans to propose to country singing superstar Carrie Underwood, who he has been dating since near the start of this year.
“Who are you, Ellen?” he joked, referring to Ellen DeGeneres, the popular daytime TV host who last week pressed Underwood with similar questions.
While saying there are no marriage plans in the immediate future, Fisher admitted Underwood is just his second “serious girlfriend.”
via Don Brennan of Off The Posts,
So much for any question as to the seriousness of the relationship.
Less than two months after Carrie Underwood dove to the floor so as not to be caught by TSN cameras at a Senators game in Nashville, the country singing superstar let the world know of her feelings for Mike Fisher.
In her speech moments after being named the Entertainer Of The Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Underwood thanked her family, thanked God and acknowledged the Senators’ centre.
“Mike baby, I wish you were here!” she blurted.
Fans who come out to see the Ottawa Senators play may have noticed a little more glitter in the stands these days — two of the players’ celebrity girlfriends.
Singers Carrie Underwood and Hilary Duff have Ottawa abuzz with celebrity sightings and gossip.
Underwood is rumoured to be dating Mike Fisher and Duff has been spotted around town with Mike Comrie.
For those who follow the singers and not the Sens, Fisher and Comrie are both forwards with the Senators.
Stories of sightings have appeared in People magazine and on Entertainment Tonight.
from Jennifer Green of the Ottawa Citizen,
In seasons like this one, Mike Fisher thinks of the message he jots on his hockey sticks, the same one that helped him over an even tougher hurdle—success.
Inside the stick’s rubber grip, he has written Rom 12:12, referring to Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
“It’s just a verse that I’ve always liked ... ‘Be glad in all God’s planning for you’,”
Fisher said after the practice on Monday. “Sometimes, even this year, you go through struggles on the ice, and it’s just to keep things focused on God. Things seem to make a little more sense.”
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The woods are full of theorists who say Mike Fisher’s lack of production is related to a contract that pays him $6 million this season and a total of $21 million by the time it expires in 2013.
Mike Fisher says that’s hogwash.
“I signed the contract before last season, and I had the most goals I’ve ever scored (23, in 2007-08),” the Senators centre said before the 500th game of his NHL career.
“I don’t really see it as that. What you make or whatever, to me it doesn’t affect how
I play or how I work. I’ve done a lot of the same things (this season). It’s been frustrating. I know I’m going to get out of it. I’ve been a streaky scorer at times. I just need a few to get me rolling, and things will be fine.”
from Just Jared,
Carrie Underwood may have her eyes set on a hot new boy — Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher.
The 25-year-old American Idol alum was spotted with her hair tied back at the “Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maple Leafs” hockey game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday (January 3). Carrie’s 28-year-old Canuck cutie played with his fellow Senators but unfortunately lost out to the Leafs 3-1.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Senators centre Mike Fisher is expected to miss two weeks with strained right knee ligaments, it was announced after practice this morning.
The news is worse on Chris Neil.
The rugged right winger will have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It’s not yet known how long Neil will be out of the lineup.
The Ottawa Senators will not have forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher in their lineup for the forseeable future, as head coach and general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Friday that both players have knee injuries and will be out for “weeks.”
Making things worse for Ottawa’s captain is a head injury suffered after a hit by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell on Thursday night, identified by the team as an upper body injury.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
But if the Senators make the playoffs, they’ll be lucky to have enough healthy bodies. Captain Daniel Alfredsson, who is believed to have a concussion, exited two minutes into the second with the club called an “upper body injury” and centre Mike Fisher left with a leg injury in the first period.
Senators assistant coach Greg Carvel told the club’s pay-per-view broadcast that both injuries were “serious” and that neither player would be in the lineup tonight against the Bruins.
Watch the hit on Alfredsson by Mark Bell…
Ovechkin with 4 goals, Mike Fisher with 3, all in the 3rd period.
Watch all 14 goals in about 7 minutes…
The team learned on Sunday that centre Mike Fisher, who suffered an oblique muscle injury Saturday against the Atlanta Thrashers, is out for their two-game road swing through Boston and Atlanta this week.
Fisher, who was on a hot streak going into Saturday with three goals and five points in four games, joins a list of hurting regulars that includes winger Patrick Eaves (separated shoulder) and defenceman Anton Volchenkov (broken finger).
“It’s a substantial loss,” said Senators head coach John Paddock on Sunday.
from the News & Observer,
Scott Walker may be facing a suspension after the Carolina Hurricanes forward head-butted Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher in the face during a fight on Wednesday night.
After Walker collided with Senators goalie Martin Gerber early in the second period of Carolina’s 6-0 loss, Fisher fought Walker and cut him under the left eye. Walker head-butted Fisher, earning a match penalty for attempt to injure. Fisher said he chipped one tooth and may have lost another.
Walker was ejected from the game and now faces an automatic review from the NHL.
“It was cheap. It caught me off guard,” Fisher said. “I’m sure he will get some games for it. He ran the goalie. He made no attempt to get away, and I just wanted to let him know he can’t do that.”
Watch the video, scroll to just past the 2 minute mark to get a clear view of the head butt…
According to RDS (not translated), Mike Fisher will be signing an extension for 5 years, $21M.
added 12:28pm, TSN concurs…
from the Ottawa Sun,
Fisher injured his groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final May 30 against the Anaheim Ducks and thought a summer of rest would take care of the problem. It hasn’t.
“It was giving me problems all summer. I thought it would go away and it didn’t,” said the 27-year-old, who is entering his eighth NHL season and is coming off a 22-goal, 48-point season.
“I think we’ve got it sorted out the last few weeks. There’s nothing torn, but there’s a chance I could miss part of camp. I might have to skate on my own for a bit. I can’t get in there full bore just yet.”