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Former Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher exits retirement to play out the season

Fisher has returned to the Predators’ roster on a reported one-year deal after retiring in August.

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The Nashville Predators have added a familiar face to their roster. Former captain Mike Fisher will return to the Predators’ roster as an active player after retiring in August, the Predators announced Wednesday.

According to Bob McKenzie, Fisher will be returning to the Predators on a one-year deal that will finish out the rest of the season. The monetary aspect of the deal has not been made public.

At the start of August, Fisher announced his retirement from hockey after a 17-year NHL career. The announcement came a few months after the Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Nashville was two wins away from the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup victory.

Last season, Fisher had 18 goals and 42 total points in 72 games as he captained the team to the league’s biggest stage. Fisher was traded to the Predators in 2011 and was made the team’s captain after Shea Weber was dealt to Montreal in 2016.

The 37-year-old likely still has enough left in him to help the Predators make their upcoming playoff push. Down the middle, Nashville has rolled Ryan Johansen, Nick Bonino, Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok, and new addition Kyle Turris in and out of the center position. Putting Fisher back into the lineup bolsters the Predators’ roster in a time where No. 1 center Johansen has had a puzzling season, with just five goals and 28 total points in 45 games.

Last season, Johansen was injured in the Western Conference Final in the lead up to the final round of the playoffs. The injury put the Predators at a major disadvantage, and its something the franchise looks to be keen on being ready for this season should any of their centers go down.

There is no timetable to when Fisher will officially return to the ice for the Predators, though reports say he was on the ice at Bridgestone Arena skating on Wednesday before the announcement.