Jeremy K. Gover reports that Mike Fisher signed a two-year, $8.4 million contract extension during the Nashville Predators’ pun-tastic “Skate of the Union” convention.
Fisher is in the final year of a contract with an annual cap hit of $4.2 million, so apparently that’s the magic number for Mr. Carrie Underwood (or a very good two-way center, if you want to be fair).
Gover also points out that Fisher’s salary next season is $3 million, quite a bit less than his cap hit. That’s certainly relevant since Shea Weber’s signing bonus towers over the team’s finances.
(Not to mention Pekka Rinne’s raise.)
Gover captures Fisher’s impact since the Predators acquired him via a trade in 2010-11:
Fisher was third on the team in scoring last year with 51 points, battled back-and-forth during the month of March with Patric Hornqvist for the team lead in goals, came just three points shy of a new career high and is considered one of the leaders both on and off the ice. Since coming over in a trade from the Ottawa Senators in February 2011, he has 63 points in 99 games.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day