SUNRISE, FL - APRIL 6: Mike Fisher #12 of the Ottawa Senators attempts to tip the puck past Goaltender Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Florida Panthers on April 6, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators Trade Mike Fisher To Nashville Predators For Two Draft Picks

Mike Fisher is heading to Nashville. The Ottawa Senators have traded the center to the Predators for a first round pick in 2011 and a conditional pick in 2012.

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Mike Fisher Trade Difficult For Ottawa Senators, Fans

The trade of Mike Fisher, the 11-year Ottawa Senators veteran, might be necessary in the grand scheme of things for the organization. Things aren't working out there right now and a rebuild is clearly in order. In order to rebuild, you have to make some difficult decisions, but ultimately, you become a better team as a result.

That doesn't mean the Senators and their fans are taking this any easier today, though. One of those fans, Peter Raaymakers at SB Nation's Silver Seven, talked about it:

This trade is likely to be a difficult one, at least initially, for Senators fans. Although much of the fanbase has said they'd support a rebuild through most of this season, that was just talk before; now, with one of the city's favourite players dealt away as part of the rebuild, the reality should be sinking in for most of the city. But as a seller's trade, it was a good one for the Senators. 

He went on to explain that Fisher's value is higher now than it will be at any point in the future, at least as far as the Senators are concerned given his contract situation and the team's situation at present. The trade gives the Senators some much-needed cap space and a valuable pair of draft picks in the process.

That conditional 2012 draft pick coming back to Ottawa from Nashville improves if the Predators advance beyond one round of the postseason, so you can be sure that Senators fans will be rooting for their new friends in Music City this April, May and potentially June. 

They'll be rooting for their old friend Mike Fisher, too. 

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Mike Fisher Trade Gives Nashville Predators Boost At Center Position

The Nashville Predators lineup has been bolstered by the team's acquisition of Mike Fisher today, but how exactly will the 11-year NHL veteran help the club as they try to win a playoff round (or four) for the first time in their history?

On the Forecheck explains.

The big question coming out of today's trade for Mike Fisher, of course, is where he fits into the Nashville Predators lineup. Some people may look at his resume (50-point production, reputation for two-way play) and see another David Legwand, wondering where the big upgrade is here, but the fact is that the impact comes from which player Fisher replaces on the roster, not which guys he'll play with. Now, Fisher's addition allows the Preds to ice three lines with some offensive punch to them once again, which was the plan until Matthew Lombardi got hurt in Game Two.

Fisher will make his Nashville debut on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Ottawa Senators Trade Mike Fisher To Nashville Predators For Two Draft Picks

The Ottawa Senators are in sell mode, and apparently, the Nashville Predators are in "buy high" mode. David Poile and the Predators have acquired Mike Fisher from the Senators in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft. 

The conditions on that pick depend on Nashville's playoff performance this year. If they fail to win a round, it's a third round pick going to Ottawa. If they win two-or-more rounds, it's a second round pick. 

Here's what Poile had to say about the deal, as released by the team.

"We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on," Poile said. "He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line."

"Mike's playoff experience will be invaluable to our team and he immediately makes our team stronger and deeper."

Fisher's addition comes at a hefty price. He earns $4 million this season and next and $3 million against the cap in 2012-13. Still, he'll certainly help the Predators in that spot. In discussing rumors that this trade could happen a week ago, On the Forecheck mentioned how Fisher's addition would create a bottle neck on the Preds depth chart.

As noted in my review of possible trade targets last week, grabbing a proven NHL center with years left on his contract puts a long-term squeeze on the center spot. Next fall they'll have David Legwand, Matthew Lombardi, and Mike Fisher under contract. Nick Spaling & Cal O'Reilly will be restricted free agents this summer, while Marcel Goc will be unrestricted. My guess is one of those 3 will be gone, with Goc the most likely option given the fact that he can freely pursue a larger role somewhere else.    

Meanwhile, the Senators are clearly in sell mode. Silver Seven, our Sens blog, discussed potential return on Fisher just a few days ago. 

If he's traded - which he won't be - don't expect a lot going back. If the only realistic suitor is Nashville, then the Predators will be negotiating from a position of strength. Ideally one would hope for a high draft pick (possibly first round) or a good prospect, but don't be surprised if it's a middle of the road prospect and a low pick in return.    

With what's expected to be a relatively weak draft class and Nashville's likelihood of finishing high in the standings, that first round pick could turn out to be more like a second round pick. Still, there's no doubt Ottawa's happy with the return.

There's also no doubt that Nashville's going for it this year. Fisher's contract might be a burden next season and beyond, but right now, he helps. 

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