"It was with great excitement today that we announce that Mike Fisher has some unfinished business and intends to make a comeback with the Nashville Predators for the stretch run for the '17-18 regular season and what we hope is a Stanley Cup playoff run that ends with two more victories than it did last spring", Poile said. He ended his 17-year National Hockey League career on August 3, 2017 in a letter to fans (after the Preds failed to win the Cup, losing it to the Pittsburgh Penguins.) "Knowing we were so close to winning it all in June only makes it more hard to leave it behind, but I do so with hope". "Carrie asked me everyday what I was going to do and she was excited for me to come back".
During a press conference announcing Fisher's return, Coach Peter Laviolette said the window was never closed.
He also said there is no timetable yet for Fisher's return to the ice with the team.
The Preds could benefit from Fisher's presence, too, especially after the center had his best scoring marks in four years during the team's run to a Western Conference title. "I got a blessing from family and my wife", he said.
"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said.
The Predators now sit in second place in the Central Division with a 48-29-12 record and a plus-21 goal differential.
"We accepted his decision", Poile said, "but in our gut, we thought maybe there would be a chance he could change his mind at some point".
Fisher has 51 points in 134 career playoff games. "I believe I can contribute and play and come back and help this team whatever that role is". "But I had some conversations along the way, and the more I thought about it, I thought about the run we made previous year, how good this team is and how good it can be, and the more I thought how much fun it could be, and I'm ready for this".
The former Predators captain played seven seasons with the club, scoring 109 goals and 237 points.
The return of Fisher bolsters the Predators' already strong group of centers - including Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino, who was signed to replace Fisher in the offseason. "A peace that said whether or not this was the right time to walk away", Fisher said.