Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out for the next four-six months after undergoing successful surgery, the team announced on Monday.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile released this statement regarding the health status of Fisher.
“Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3. We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice.”
Fisher, 34, 20 goals, a career-high 29 assists and 49 points with 60 penalty minutes last season in 75 games in his fourth year with the Predators.
Nashville has been active on the center market after missing on trading for Jason Spezza, now with the Dallas Stars, and signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year deal, which now makes perfect sense in the wake of Fisher’s injury which could keep him out of action until January.
The team also traded for James Neal on draft night in the hopes of pairing him on the top line with Fisher, but now the Predators may have to revisit the free agent player pool and see if there is a player available that could fill in for the injured Fisher, without costing too much money, until he can get back to full health and back on the ice.
One player who could interest the team is Philadelphia Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier, 34, who is available in a trade after signing a five-year deal worth $22.5 million last offseason, but with four years remaining on his deal, could be an obstacle in any trade talks.
Derek Roy, 31, could be more likely considering he’s a free agent and could come much cheaper than Lecavalier and wouldn’t cost any prospects or draft picks to acquire him from Philadelphia.