Poile Goes Fishing
This afternoon GM David Poile of the Nashville Predators acquired Mike Fisher form the Senators for a first round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.
Conditional pick is NAS’s third rounder if Preds win 1 round in playoffs, turns into second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds.
At first sight I didn’t particularly like this deal, but that isn’t to say I don’t like the player the team has acquired. Fisher is seen almost as another Legwand with maybe slightly better offensive production. This trade also tells me a few things as well, one being that Lombardi is going to be shut down for the season and Fisher is essentially his replacement for this year. Another is that because Fisher has 2 more years left at 4 mill a piece that next year one of our centers from this season will be let go and seeing as Goc is the one UFA of the group it will most likely be him.
Here is what the Predators posted about Fisher:
“Fisher, 30 (6/5/80), is tied for the Senators team lead in goals (14) and ranks third on the club in points (14g-10a-24pts) in 2011-12, his 11th NHL campaign. The Peterborough, Ont., native has amassed 348 points (167g-181a) in 675 games, all with Ottawa, since 1999-2000, hitting the 20-goal mark in four of the last five seasons. The 6-1, 208-pounder notched career highs in points (53), goals (25), assists (28) and power-play goals (10) a season ago and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2005-06.
Selected 44th overall by the Senators in the 1998 Entry Draft, Fisher has 28 points (14g-14a) in 75 postseason games, more than any current Predator. He has helped the Sens advance beyond the first round four times in six playoff appearances, including an appearance in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals.”
With those stats in mind it seems as a perfect fit for him in Nashville, he is a good two-way centre who can produce and play in every situation. The Predators were not looking for a number 1 center but someone who can go into their top six and produce and contribute on both sides of the puck.
Hopefully this trade works out for the Predators as this year every centre form their opening line-up has been injured at some point so with addition of Fisher hopefully it can spark this team.
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