Mike Fisher comes out of retirement, returns to Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mike Fisher announced Wednesday he is coming out of retirement and returning to play for the Nashville Predators.

The team made the announcement via Twitter ahead of a scheduled 11:30 a.m. news conference.

Preds officials said Fisher hit the ice Wednesday morning, and the ultimate goal is “to sign a contract before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.”

“This is a huge day,” General Manager David Poile said.

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During the news conference, Fisher said “he’s all in” and joked he has stayed in shape the last several months by chasing around his 3-year-old son.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be some work, but I am ready for it. I am excited. It’s great to be here,” he told media.

The 37-year-old added he’s only coming back to play in this season, nothing more.

“I just thought about the opportunity, how good this team is, thought about the run last year and what could be, and had a blessing from, you know, family and my wife and, you know, ultimately the closer I got towards it, I thought it would be such a great opportunity,” he further explained.

Fisher retired last year after serving as team captain for the Predators during their run to the Stanley Cup Final. He had 18 goals and 24 assists last season while helping the team win the Western Conference title.

He had 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 career NHL regular-season games with the Predators and Ottawa Senators.