Mike Fisher puts retirement in rearview and rejoins Predators' roster

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At around 10:30 AM ET, it was announced that retired National Hockey League forward #Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement to rejoin the #Nashville Predators.

"Carrie kept asking me nearly every day what I was going to do". Fisher had 18 goals and 24 assists last season as Nashville earned its first Western Conference title.

The NHL announced on Wednesday (Jan. 31) that Fisher has left retirement behind and is coming back to the Preds to play again.

"We accepted his decision", Poile said, "but in our gut, we thought maybe there would be a chance he could change his mind at some point". "The closer I got towards it, the closer I thought what a great opportunity this would be".

Indeed, Fisher intends to begin skating and working out on his own before joining the entire team for practices. Roman Josi was named the team's new captain in September.

The Predators now sit in second place in the Central Division with a 48-29-12 record and a plus-21 goal differential.

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"Captain @mfisher1212 I sure am going to miss watching you play and cheering you on with the rest of Smashville, but I so look forward to seeing what God has in store for you in this next chapter of your life", she explained.

Fisher has 51 points in 134 career playoff games.

Fisher was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the 1998 NHL Draft. "They've supported me without question, and now it's my turn to return the favor", he wrote in an emotional goodbye letter just after he called it quits. Most of the scoring has come from few players and overall team production has declined.

The return of Fisher bolsters the Predators' already strong group of centers - including Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino, who was signed to replace Fisher in the offseason.

The same can't be said for the power play, however, as Nashville will nearly certainly give Fisher a shot at skating with the man advantage. "And she's usually right", said Fisher, the fifth-leading goal scorer in Predators history (109).

Poile said there's not timetable for Fisher playing in games.

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