In the midst of a surprising and dominant season, Nashville has started talking new deal with two of its biggest catalysts.
Veteran centers Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro — both slated to be UFAs on July 1 — have entered into the early phase of extension negotiations, per ESPN.
Fisher, 34, is in the last of a two-year, $8.4 million deal with a $4.2 million cap hit. Though he’s only played 29 games this year due to a ruptured Achilles, Fisher has been great — he’s scored 13 goals and 25 points while averaging 18:17 TOI per night.
It’s not surprising the Preds want to get an extension done; despite turning 35 in June, Fisher is posting a career high in points-per-game average (.86) and is a popular figure in the community thanks in large part to his wife, musician Carrie Underwood.
Ribeiro, also 34, has been arguably the best free agent signing from last summer. Scooped up for just $1.05 million after a fall out — and buyout — in Arizona, Ribeiro sits seventh in the NHL in assists (33) and has been a dynamic playmaker on the club’s top line between Filip Forsberg and James Neal.
Signing Ribeiro was a masterstroke by GM David Poile, so it’s no surprise he’s expressed interest in keeping Ribs around for at least another year.