The Nashville Predators announced on Monday evening that they have signed center Mike Fisher to a two-year contract extension. The deal will run through the end of the 2014-15 season and will pay Fisher $8.4 million. That comes out to a cap hit of $4.2 million per year, which is the exact same figure his current contract (that will expire after this season) pays him.
The 32-year-old Fisher is coming off a 2011-12 season that saw him score 24 goals to go with 27 assists in 72 games. Offensively, it was one of the best seasons of his career, and he did it while playing some of the toughest even-strength minutes on the team.
Fisher has been with the Predators since the middle of the 2010-11 season when they acquired him from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a couple of draft picks, including their first-round pick in 2011 (the Senators used that pick to select Stefan Noesen).
Selected by the Senators in the second round of the 1998 draft Fisher has appeared in 774 games and scored 196 goals.
I don't know how much longer Fisher is going to be a 25-goal, 50-point type of player offensively, but it's only a two-year deal and seem like it's a better gamble than the one Philadelphia took earlier in the day with Scott Hartnell and his six-year contract.