‘It’s the perfect fit’ — Preds officially name Fisher captain

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Nashville did the expected on Thursday, naming veteran forward Mike Fisher the seventh team captain in franchise history.

“It is the right time for Mike to be the captain in our history,” GM David Poile said, per the Preds website. “In my mind, he could’ve easily been the captain many times in his career, but this is his time; it’s the perfect fit.”

Fisher, 36, certainly seems like the ideal pick. He’s one of Nashville’s longest tenured players, having been with the club for the last six seasons, and served as an alternate with both the Preds and Senators.

He’s well-established in the community, married to country music star Carrie Underwood, and has earned the respect of both his peers and his head coach, Peter Laviolette, who called Fisher “probably one of the best pros I’ve ever seen.”

Fisher takes over the captaincy from Shea Weber, who was shipped to Montreal in this summer’s blockbuster trade that saw P.K. Subban join the Preds.

Roman Josi and James Neal — who, along with Fisher, all served as alternates last season — are expected to retain their A’s, though the Preds didn’t confirm that in today’s release.

Updated: Worth noting that, per the Tennessean, Poile said he doesn’t view Fisher’s anointment as a “one-year captaincy.” That declaration is key with regards to the Subban acquisition. Destined to be a star in Nashville and a potential face of the franchise — for a long time, too, armed with a contract through 2022 — Subban was thought, by some, to be a future Preds captain.