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.
Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat