Mike Fisher left the Ottawa Senators after an 11-year stint with the team that drafted him 44th overall in 1998. Fisher played his entire career with the team close to his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.
The Senators traded him for a 2011 first-round draft pick and a conditional 2012 selection as they try to rebuild their roster with some younger blood. At age 30 Fisher proved he is still in his prime last season with a personal points best racking up 53 points. So far this year Fisher has managed to score 14 goals in 55 games and he could be the edge Nashville needs to scrape their way into the playoffs.
Leaving the Senators in the bottom of the Eastern Conference and heading up a few spots in the West isn’t the only highlight for Fisher as he heads to Nashville where his wife, former American Idol Carrie Underwood resides.
Since entering the NHL the 6’1 forward weighing in at 208 pounds has scored a total of 167 goals and 181 assists in 675 regular season games. In his rookie year he played 32 games with the Senators and scored a total of 9 goals. By the 2002-03 season, his fourth NHL season, he doubled his tally to 18 goals.
During the NHL lockout of 2004-05 he played internationally and when he returned the next season he had significantly upped his game. He garnered 22 goals in the 2005-06 season and has been able to maintain similar performance ever since.
Like a good wine Fisher improves with time, last season scoring 25 regular season goals – a personal best.
In 2009, Mike Fisher was joined on the ice by his brother Gregory Fisher who filled in for Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire. Fisher has two brothers and one sister. He comes from a Christian family and Fisher is open about his commitment to Christianity. He participates in activities for Hockey Ministries International. His uncle, David Fisher, was once the chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays.
After meeting backstage after one of her concerts in 2008 Fisher went on to marry country singing sensation Carrie Underwood.
Fisher informed media that he had never requested a trade and it, in fact, came as a surprise to him. While still wrapping his head around the trade Fisher acknowledged that the trade would be a perfect fit for him.
“Brian knew that, he’s a good honest guy. There were other teams, but I think he wanted to do what’s good for me and I’m thankful for that.”
Fisher already has a home in Nashville with his wife and the move will decrease the geographic strain on the couple.
The NHL’s 2006 top defensive forward and Selke Trophy finalist who is supposed to earn $4.2 million this season and next managed to fit under the Predators salary cap.
Ottawa GM Brian Murray moved Mike Fisher after 11 years to begin the Senator’s rebuilding movement. Mike Fisher signed a two year contract with the Predators and they expect great things for him as they make their run for the playoffs. How Fisher will play on his new team is yet to be seen but one thing is certain: he still has a lot to give.