Huge news today out of the Music City. The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nashville’s first round selection in the 2011 draft and a conditional pick next year.
The move is a monumental one for the Predators, as only two players, Patric Hornqvist (16) and Sergei Kostitsyn (15), have scored more goals this season than Fisher (14).
As a player with an extensive playoff resume, Fisher brings a set of intangibles as a player that is hard to find.
The question now is which player will be moved to make room on the Predators roster for Fisher. My guess is that Matt Halischuk will be sent back to Milwaukee, but that is simply speculation.
Coincidentally this transaction happens on the same day I write a feature on how important the Admirals have been this season in keeping Nashville alive in the Western Conference playoff race. A curious piece of timing for the trade to say the least.
Another curiosity: What role did Mike Fisher play in choosing his new home? Fisher is of course married to country singer Carrie Underwood. She may have been pushing Ottawa’s fan favorite to move south.
Combined with Chicago’s trade yesterday of Jack Skille for Michael Frolik and the Francois Beauchemin/Joffrey Lupul deal, it has certainly been an eventful couple of days around the NHL.
So Roundtable, what are your thoughts on the Mike Fisher trade?