The Nashville Predators added to their forward depth Thursday, acquiring center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators.
In exchange, the Senators get Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, as well as a conditional pick in 2012. The pick either will be a second- or third-round selection depending on how far the Predators advance in the playoffs.
“We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on,” said Predators General Manger David Poile said. “He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line.”
Fisher leads the Senators with 14 goals and is third with 24 points. In 11 seasons — all with the Senators, who drafted him in the second round (No. 44) of the 1998 Entry Draft — he has 167 goals and 348 points in 675 games. He’s scored at least 20 goals four times.
He also has 14 goals and 28 points in 75 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including 5 goals and 10 points in 20 games to help the Senators reach the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
That playoff experience is another reason Poile found him so desirable. His 75 playoff games are more than any player on the Predators roster.
“Mike’s playoff experience will be invaluable to our team and he immediately makes our team stronger and deeper,” Poile said.
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Mike Fisher is the husband to country music star and Nashville resident Carrie Underwood.