KANATA, Ont. -- Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher, who makes his first trip back to Ottawa since being traded last February, is excited to be back facing his old friends.
"It feels great. It's good to be here to see a lot of close friends and family," Fisher said. "It took a while (to settle in); I don't think I did until the summer. It's definitely strange being in the other locker room. I hope it will be good. I had a lot of good years here and the fans always treated me really well."
Nashville coach Barry Trotz knows that the night is special for Fisher, as a part of him never truly left Canada's capital.
"One thing Fish will tell you is that he really loved his time in Ottawa," Trotz said. "Obviously we (benefited) from getting him; he's become a big part of Nashville just as he was in Ottawa. But I know there's a big piece of Mike Fisher in Ottawa. He was always in the community and he's always had ties. I could tell in the last week he was getting a little antsy, and it will be a bit strange for him."
Fisher, who was always a fan favorite in Ottawa, will likely get a rousing ovation when he takes the ice. Trotz wants to be sure his star gets a chance to bask in it.
"I'm going to ask him (about putting him in the starting lineup)," he said. "There are two trains of thought: I could start him, or I could wait for that first whistle and have him come out. Hopefully the referees will give him a long chance to get to the faceoff circle. I'll let him decide that. And I know what his answer will be: 'You decide that … I've got enough on my mind.'"