Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL on Saturday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Fisher came out of retirement and joined Nashville in February in hopes of helping the Predators win their first Stanley Cup, but ultimately fell short, losing to the Jets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals. The 1998 second-round pick will hang up his skates having racked up 278 goals and 589 points during his fantastic NHL career which spanned 18 seasons.
Fisher (undisclosed) recorded one point (a goal) in the 2018 playoffs. Fisher was unfit to play in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals, and the Predators ended up losing the series to the Jets, so now there are questions as to whether he'll return for at least one more season. The 37-year-old came out of retirement and joined Nashville for a March 2 regular-season contest in Vancouver, with Fisher making an immediate impact by scoring once on three shot attempts. Of course, if the Canadian is up for more NHL hockey, his agent will have to negotiate a new contract on his behalf since he's a pending unrestricted free agent.
Fisher's injury concerns his lower body and he'll miss Game 7 against the Jets on Thursday. Fisher is officially day-to-day, and it appears that Nick Bonino and Calle Jarnkrork will round out the bottom-six center spots without him.
Predators coach Peter Laviolette didn't have any new information on Fisher (undisclosed) as of Wednesday, the eve of Game 7 against the Jets, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. It's not all that surprising that the Preds aren't disclosing information on Fisher since the club is notorious for not tipping its hand regarding player injuries, especially during the playoffs. The 37-year-old, who came out of retirement in an effort to help Nashville in these playoffs, has just one goal representing his point total through 12 postseason contests, though he is a physical presence (30 hits) who used to captain the Predators and that shouldn't be overlooked as they look to squeak past the Jets in Game 7 on Thursday.
Fisher only played 2:58 of Monday's Game 6 against the Jets before exiting with an undisclosed injury. What happened is unclear, as it was a surprise when Fisher didn't return to the bench for the start of the second period. If he can't play in Game 7, the Predators may not miss him. The fourth-line center has only one point this postseason.
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