After falling short in the Stanley Cup Finals last season, Fisher started telling friends he missed the action last month. He ended his 17-year National Hockey League career on August 3, 2017 in a letter to fans (after the Preds failed to win the Cup, losing it to the Pittsburgh Penguins.) "Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June only makes it more hard to leave it behind, but I do so with hope".
The Nashville Predators even went to confirm the news via Twitter with a joking yet honest message welcoming back their previous captain. "[He] will play for the #Preds this season". But I know it just got stronger.
"I watched the team a lot this year and was around a little bit..." Not from Fisher himself, not from coach Peter Laviolette and certainly not from Poile, who didn't question for a second whether or not the comeback bid would work.
"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said. He scored 18 goals and posted 42 points in 72 games last season, adding four assists in 20 playoff games.
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Perhaps the most apparent and immediate impact from what Fisher's return will mean to the Predators is what is presence will do inside the locker room and on the bench.
Fisher has 51 points in 134 career playoff games.
Shocking as it may be that Fisher has chose to return, though, that he'll enter the Predators' lineup again more than six months after he officially announced his 1,000-plus game career was over is only one aspect of his comeback. "But I had some conversations along the way, and the more I thought about it, I thought about the run we made a year ago, how good this team is and how good it can be, and the more I thought how much fun it could be, and I'm ready for this". He is expected to sign a one-year contract to play the remainder of the season. "And she's usually right", said Fisher, the fifth-leading goal scorer in Predators history (109).
But Fisher isn't coming back simply to be a warm body in the bottom six or a power play specialist, nor is that what the Predators are expecting.