Fisher has no regrets about com­ing out of re­tire­ment to play for Preds

Open to re­main­ing with Nashville in a non-play­ing ca­pac­ity af­ter retiring for a sec­ond time

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Now that he had re­tired from the Na­tional Hockey League for a sec­ond time, Peter­bor­ough na­tive Mike Fisher says he is open to the pos­si­bil­ity of re­main­ing with the Nashville Preda­tors in a non­play­ing ca­pac­ity.

“We’ll see. I’m sure we’ll have some con­ver­sa­tions in the fu­ture,” Fisher told NHL.com this week. “Right now I don’t re­ally know what that’s go­ing to look like. But we’ll see.”

Af­ter retiring at the end of the 2016-17 sea­son af­ter Nashville lost to the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nals, Fisher came out of re­tire­ment ear­lier this year to re­join the Preda­tors for their play­off run.

Their sea­son came to an end on May 10 with a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 7 of their Western Con­fer­ence semi-fi­nal se­ries.

Fisher then con­firmed on Satur­day he would be retiring again and has no plans to come out of re­tire­ment again.

“I’ve milked this cow as long as it’ll go,” Fisher told NHL.com. “It’s bone dry.”

Fisher and his wife coun­try singer Car­rie Un­der­wood were va­ca­tion­ing in Cal­i­for­nia’s Napa Val­ley this week. They re­side in the Nashville area.

Fisher, who was cap­tain of the Preda­tors in the 2016-17 sea­son af­ter be­ing traded to Nashville in 2011 by the Ottawa Sen­a­tors, signed a con­tract Feb. 26 and re­turned to play 16 reg­u­lar sea­son games with the Preda­tors, scor­ing two goals and two as­sists, and then had one goal in 12 play­off games.

Fisher suf­fered a lower-body in­jury in Game 6 of the se­ries with Winnipeg and did not play in the heart-break­ing Game 7.

“You don’t want to be clean­ing out your locker in May, there’s no ques­tion,” Fisher told NHL.com.

“I had a great three months or what­ever it was. I en­joyed ev­ery minute of it. I en­joyed com­ing to work with these guys. It was a great group of peo­ple, from the play­ers to the whole or­ga­ni­za­tion and staff.”

But he has no regrets about com­ing out of re­tire­ment.

“I’m glad I came back. It was awe­some,” Fisher told NHL.com.

“Ob­vi­ously dis­ap­point­ing, but that’s the way it goes some­times. I know this team, they’ll learn and grow and be bet­ter. There’s a lot to look for­ward to.”

Fisher was taken by the Sen­a­tors in the sec­ond round (No. 44) of the 1998 NHL draft.

Fisher fin­ished his NHL run with 589 points (278 goals, 311 as­sists) in 1,104 NHL games with the Preda­tors and Sen­a­tors.

He had 52 points (24 goals, 28 as­sists) in 146 play­off games and played in the Stan­ley Cup fi­nal with the Sen­a­tors in 2007 and the Preda­tors 10 years af­ter that.

Fisher had six 20-goal sea­sons in the NHL. In 2009-10 with the Sen­a­tors he fin­ished with 25 goals and 53 points.

MARK HUMPHREY THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Nashville Preda­tors cen­tre Mike Fisher, right, talks about the sea­son on Satur­day in Nashville, while wear­ing a PTBO North­ern Orig­i­nals T-shirt.

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