Mike Fisher making comeback with Predators

Mike Fisher is coming out of retirement to rejoin the Nashville Predators for an 18th NHL season.

The team announced the 37-year-old center’s return with a news conference on Wednesday.

General manager David Poile said Fisher signed a professional tryout contract in order to begin working out with the team and will sign a contract for the rest of the season before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, when postseason rosters must be set.

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“It was with great excitement today that we announce that Mike Fisher has some unfinished business and intends to make a comeback with the Nashville Predators for the stretch run for the ’17-18 regular season and what we hope is a Stanley Cup playoff run that ends with two more victories than it did last spring,” Poile said.

Fisher won’t return to being the team’s captain, with defenseman Roman Josi retaining that position, Poile said. He also said there is no timetable yet for Fisher’s return to the ice with the team.

That announcement came after Fisher spent the morning skating in full Predators gear on Wednesday morning at Bridgestone Arena.

“Bear with me, I’m still a little out of breath from the skate this morning,” Fisher joked at the news conference. “I’ll get there, I’ll get there. It’s great to be back.”

Fisher announced his retirement on Aug. 3, just short of two months after the Predators lost the Stanley Cup Final in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fisher had 18 goals and 24 assists with Nashville in his 17th NHL season last year as the team earned its first Western Conference title.

During Wednesday’s news conference, he said he never planned to come back and didn’t understand when other players ended their retirement. His decision to return came about recently, he said.

“I just thought about the opportunity, how good this team is,” he said. “I thought a lot about the run last year and what could be.”

Fisher said his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, encouraged him to make a comeback.

“Carrie kept asking me almost every day what I was going to do. She wanted me to do it. And she’s usually right,” he said.

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