Mike Fisher comes out of retirement to rejoin Nashville Predators

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One year of retirement was apparently enough for Mike Fisher

On Wednesday, the 37-year-old Fisher announced that he will be coming out of retirement to rejoin the Nashville Predators for the remainder of the 2017-18 NHL season. He hit the ice this morning with the plan to eventually participate in practice and then sign a contract before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Fisher retired in August after 17 seasons between the Ottawa Senators and Predators. “I don’t believe it came in a single instance or some aha moment, but as time passed, I gradually became certain that it was right for me to retire. I believe God gave me the ability to play hockey, and I was helped by dozens of individuals along the way, so it’s not just up to me on when it’s time to say goodbye,” he wrote in a letter to fans in the Tennessean.

Fisher scored 18 goals and recorded 42 points with the Predators last season and played in 20 of their 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games as Nashville marched to the Final.

This move would further cement the depth down the middle for Peter Laviolette’s squad. Along with Fisher, there’s Kyle Turris, Ryan Johansen, Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Frederic Gaudreau — so, plenty of options. As the Predators found out in the Final last season, you can never have enough healthy bodies to play center.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.