Mike Fisher has not played in the NHL since the end of the 2018 season, but he remains a fan-favorite figure. Fans of the sport, especially those who reside in Nashville and Ottawa, have fond memories of watching Fisher shine on the court and providing exciting plays regularly. However, other fans are just learning about his career through his wife, Carrie Underwood, and her fit52 app that features Fisher as one of the trainers.
A second-round pick in the 1998 NHL Draft, Fisher spent much of his career with the Ottawa Senators, becoming a star in the process. He then headed to Nashville and joined the Predators for multiple seasons. While he found success on the ice and became one of the greatest players in the history of multiple franchises, there were still some things that Fisher was unable to accomplish in his career. Here is the important information about his time in the NHL.
Move to Nashville
Fisher was a top player on the Ottawa Senators for 11 years, but his time with the franchise came to an end in 2011. The team traded him to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2011 entry draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft. The Predators explained at the time that Fisher was a top player with a unique set of skills.
"We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on," Predators President of Hockey Operations David Poile said about the trade. "He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line."prevnext
Fisher became a household name in Nashville after the 2011 trade, but he also remained a favorite son of Ottawa. When he left the team via trade, he was seventh all-time in games played for the Senators (676). He was also ninth all-time in scoring with 348 points. Fansided actually listed Fisher among the best players in Senators' history, ranking him number 10 on the list among other top names.
Honoring a Legend
Despite trading Fisher to the Predators, the Senators continued to highlight his achievements when possible. In 2016, the Canadian Tire Centre honored him after he reached 1,000 career games played. The CTC held a special ceremony in 2016 that honored Fisher's legacy with the team. The Senators presented Fisher with a special painting celebrating his career during a pre-game ceremony. The former Senators star ultimately went on to finish his career with 1,104 games played.prevnext
When the Predators traded for Mike Fisher, they highlighted his postseason experience as an important asset. The veteran player had led the Senators to successful seasons and seven playoff appearances. The rest of the Predators roster, on the other hand, did not particularly have much experience in the postseason. However, this lack of experience changed after six appearances in the playoffs.prevnext
Fisher only spent eight seasons with the Predators following the trade with the Senators, but he made a massive impact on the franchise. He appeared in 429 games. He also scored 111 goals, good enough for eighth place in franchise history. Fisher ended his career sixth in Even Strength Goals (82) and ninth in Goals Per Game (0.26).prevnext
Fisher appears to be a soft-spoken person on social media when he is spending time with Carrie Underwood and their children. However, he had a reputation for his aggressiveness as a player. He had strength on the ice and had the ability to hit the puck in a wildly impressive member. As an example, Fisher set the unofficial hardest shot record at 105 mph during his time with the Senators. This record stood until the 2014 season when Mike Zibanejad barely topped him with a speed of 106 mph.prevnext
One Last Try
Fisher technically retired after the 2017-18 season, but he came out of retirement for one more shot at the Stanley Cup. He rejoined the Predators for 16 regular-season games in the 2017-18 season. The team made it to the second round of the playoffs finals, but they were unable to complete the goal after losing their series against the Winnipeg Jets.
Fisher retired for good after Game 7 of the playoff series. He explained that "I've milked this cow as long as it'll go. It's bone dry." Fisher ended his final season with two goals and two assists in the regular season, as well as a goal during the Game 3 loss to the Jets.prev