He's back. Officially.
After announcing his intention to return to help the Nashville Predators in their quest to capture a certain piece of silver this June, Mike Fisher is set to the return to NHL game action for the first time since Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Fisher will complete his comeback tonight in Vancouver as the Preds take on the Canucks, with Nashville currently possessing a six-game win streak, tops in the NHL.
"I'm just looking forward to it," Fisher said of his return. "It's been a good few weeks getting ready and the guys have played amazing. I just want to come in and contribute a little bit. I know it's going to take a little bit of time to get my game going, but hopefully it won't take me too long."
For Fisher, the comeback was always about simply helping the team in whatever way he could. Tonight, he will get that chance.
"Mike is another horse in the stable in there," Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "He brings character and leadership, and I think everybody knows the way he plays. This wasn't a move out of desperation where we needed this, our team was moving along, but we also know Mike's strengths and we know what he's able to do on the ice. We know the person he is, and though conversations, it evolved to this point where it's getting closer Mike plays... I think everybody's excited about that and we're happy to have him."
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"I know I can contribute in different ways," Fisher said. "Offensively, defensively, specialty teams, whatever it may be; I think that's what I've done in the past and what I'll continue to do."