What a lightning bolt. As big as the news was back in 2011 when Mike Fisher was traded to the Nashville Predators, Wednesday's announcement that he would come out of retirement and join the team for the stretch run was even bigger. That is a tribute both to his impact on the franchise and to the evolution of Smashville to new heights since that day.
In 2011, the infamous headline was "Carrie Underwood's Husband Traded to Preds." At the time, only the seasoned hockey fans knew that he was an impact player. But even those of us who knew about the solid career numbers he had posted in Ottawa had no idea the full effect he would have on the franchise and the community. Back then, Nashville knew about Underwood (who has been a fantastic catalyst for the team in her own way). Now, they know about Fisher. He is flat out special.
General manager David Poile and head coach Peter Laviolette know that as well. Which is why it was fascinating to hear them (along with Fisher himself) articulate the process of the former captain's decision to return at the press conference. Poile joined Flagship Station 102.5 The Game afterward for more insight.
I invite you to listen to the segment in its entirety. But while you do, here are some key things to ponder: