Poile says ‘best place’ for Fisher is ‘right here in Nashville’

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Mike Fisher has completed his two-year, $8.4 million contract and consequently has the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent in a relatively thin market. It might never get that far though as Predators GM David Poile has made his feelings on the matter clear.

“Mike Fisher, we would love to have him back,” Poile told the Tennessean. “He represents so much to our team, both on and off the ice. … He’s a real leader. I truly feel that the best place for Mike is here in Nashville. As long as I’m the manager, he can play as long as he wants.”

It looks like Fisher and Poile might see eye-to-eye as the 34-year-old center is optimistic about the Predators’ future. His agent, Todd Reynolds, also suggested that the Predators and Fisher aren’t far apart when it comes to the terms of his potential extension.

“I love, obviously, this city and being here, part of this group,” Fisher said. “It’s something that will have to be worked out here in the next little bit, but I’m pretty confident that something will get done and that I’ll be back.”

Fisher had 19 goals and 39 points in 59 games in 2014-15. He also won 52.3% of his faceoffs and had a 53.1% Fenwick For in 5-on-5 situations, which is slightly better than what Nashville did when he wasn’t on the ice.

Fisher, Ribeiro express desire to remain with Preds

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With as many as 12 contracts expiring in July, Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a number of decisions to make this summer.

Among those set to become unrestricted free agents are forwards Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro.

According to reports in February, contract talks with both players have already begun.

Both players expressed their desire to remain with the Preds organization during the club’s final media availability on Monday.

Fisher, who has spent parts of five seasons in Nashville, had 19 goals and 20 assists in 59 games this season. A ruptured Achillies forced Fisher to miss the start of the season.

The 34-year-old will see his two-year, $8.4 million contract come to an end this summer.

“I’m pretty sure something will get done,” said Fisher.

After signing Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million deal in the summer Poile said it was “really his last chance”.

The 35-year-old made the most of the opportunity scoring 15 goals and 62 points in 82 games – his highest point total in three seasons.

“I’d love to be back with the Predators next season,” Ribeiro said, adding, “I’ll probably wait a week” before working on an extension.

In addition to Fisher and Ribeiro, Poile will have to work on deals with the likes of Cody Franson and Colin Wilson.

Seabrook does it again: Blackhawks win in triple OT, take 3-1 series edge vs. Preds

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In the wee hours of the night, the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-1 series lead by beating the Nashville Predators 3-2 in triple OT.

If that outcome feels familiar for a Blackhawks team that has won many of these battles, it will only seem that much more like deja vu when you consider the fact that Brent Seabrook scored the overtime-clincher.

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It was a great showcase between $7 million goalie Pekka Rinne and out-of-nowhere backup Scott Darling. Those performances really make a great argument for the wild unpredictability of the postseason: goalies matter, yet you don’t always know who will make the difference.

Seabrook ended up making the ultimate difference with the winning goal, joining the likes of Petr Nedved and Keith Primeau as players who have scored huge tallies when everyone has dead legs.

At this point, it’s all about waiting for different folk tale-like stories about weight loss and intermission pizza to trickle in.

Rinne really stood on his head at times, with this save maybe being the best highlight of the game beyond the clincher:

Ultimately, that last shot beat him, which is what most people will remember as the specifics fade.

Classic game or not, the two teams must face the reality of the aftermath. Despite pushing Chicago to double-OT in Game 1 and triple-OT in Game 4, Nashville now heads home down 3-1 in this series. As courageous as this Predators team has been with Mike Fisher and especially Shea Weber out of the lineup, most are counting them out after this loss.

The Predators have pushed the Blackhawks a lot more than the 3-1 series deficit may indicate, but it will take a lot of heart to push through this crushing loss.

Chicago, meanwhile, can get a much-needed breather if they wrap this one up in five games. If the previous four contests are any indication, it won’t be easy, though.

Preds’ Weber not travelling to Chicago

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The Nashville Predators will be without captain Shea Weber for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago.

The defenseman left Friday night’s 6-2 win in the second period with a lower body injury following a collision with Brandon Saad and did not return.

He had one assist and a plus-1 rating in 13:25 of ice time prior to leaving the game.

Weber was second among Preds blue liners in the regular season with an average ice time of 26:22 per game, and with 45 points. He played 38:13 in Nashville’s 4-3 double-overtime loss in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Nashville could have forward Mike Fisher for Game 3. Fisher left Game 1 on Wednesday night with a lower body injury.

Huge loss for Preds as Weber (lower body) knocked out of Game 2

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Another game, another important Nashville Predator lost to injury.

This time, it’s captain and All Star defenseman Shea Weber, who exited Game 2 versus Chicago midway through the second period and was later ruled out of the contest with a lower-body ailment.

In Wednesday’s Game 1 OT loss, the Preds lost the services of Mike Fisher, who left with a lower-body injury of his own and was held out of tonight’s contest.

It’s unclear how Weber got hurt or the severity of the injury; that said, there’s no denying the impact it’ll have on the Preds. The 29-year-old d-man averaged over 26 minute per night during the regular season and was a workhorse in Game 1, playing 38:13