Mike Fisher comes out of retirement, returns to Predators

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Nashville Predators center and captain Mike Fisher skates during practice Friday, June 2, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators are scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Mike Fisher announced on Wednesday that he is coming out of retirement and returning to the Nashville Predators.

The team made the announcement via Twitter ahead of a scheduled 11:30 a.m. news conference.

The team said Fisher hit the ice Wednesday morning and the ultimate goal is “to sign a contract before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.”

“This is a huge day,” General Manager David Poile said.

During the news conference Fisher said, “he’s all in” and joked that he has stayed in shape the last several months by chasing around his three-year-old son.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be some work, but I am ready for it. I am excited. It’s great to be here,” he said. ““I had the blessing from family and my wife [Carrie Underwood].”

Fisher retired last year after serving as team captain for the Predators during their run to the Stanley Cup Final. He had 18 goals and 24 assists last season while helping the team win the Western Conference title.

He had 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 career NHL regular-season games with the Predators and Ottawa Senators.

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