Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports. Fisher hangs up his skates after an illustrious career split between the Senators and Predators. In all, the skilled center tallied 276 goals and 309 helpers over 1,088 regular-season contests. There's no direct replacement for a veteran leader like Fisher, but Nashville hasn't missed a beat offensively since it acquired power pivot Ryan Johansen from the Blue Jackets in January of 2016.
Fisher notched an assist and a shot on goal over 18:11 of ice time against Pittsburgh in Monday's Game 4 matchup. There aren't many better ways to spend your birthday than tying up the Stanley Cup Finals, and Fisher would know, as he turned 37 on Monday. He made his mark during the second period: As he started to lose his balance in the neutral zone, he extended his arm and made a one-handed pass to Viktor Arvidsson, who went on to bury a breakaway goal. This kind of skill combined with character is another reason Fisher has earned a "C" on his chest and continues to be a modest fantasy contributor.
Fisher registered two assists -- one on the power play -- to record his first points of the playoffs during Monday's Game 1 loss to Pittsburgh. The Nashville captain was bound to snap out of his offensive funk at some point, and he'll need to continue generating and converting on scoring opportunities if his club is going to hang with the high-flying Penguins. After posting 18 goals and 42 points during the regular season, Fisher is capable of moving the offensive needle and providing secondary scoring for the Preds.
Fisher (undisclosed) has been cleared to play Monday night's Game 1 against the Penguins, the Tennessean reports. When speaking to the media about his injury Sunday, the captain heavily implied in his rhetoric that he was ready to go and would not miss Monday's contest. Coach Peter Laviolette backed the sentiment up by saying that all players on the trip would be available. Fisher and teammate Craig Smith (undisclosed) are both in Pittsburgh, so it would be a serious surprise at this point if either of them is ruled out due to injury.
According to general manager David Poile, Fisher (undisclosed) has a "real good chance" of being available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Fisher missed the final two games of the Predators' series against the Ducks, but would help fill the gap left by the loss of Ryan Johansen (thigh) if he is able to return. The 36-year-old has yet to register a point during the postseason despite averaging nearly 17 minutes of ice time per contest. Fellow veteran Vernon Fiddler figures to be the leading candidate to get bumped from the game-day lineup if Fisher is cleared.
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