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Jokin-surance? Preds’ Fisher (Achilles) out 4-6 months

Jul 7, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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Just three days after inking veteran center Olli Jokinen, the Preds announced that another experienced middle man — Mike Fisher — ruptured his Achilles during an offseason training session and will be out for the next 4-6 months.

“Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3,” Preds GM David Poile said in a statement. “We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice.”

Fisher, 34, has served as the Preds’ alternate captain since 2011 and had a solid campaign last season, scoring 20 goals and 49 points in 75 games. He averaged 19:45 TOI — the second-highest total of his career — while finishing second on the team in faceoffs, with 1146.

The loss of Fisher is profound as Nashville’s struggles to land a top-flight center this offseason were well documented. Jason Spezza refused to waive his no-trade clause to join the Preds, while a proposed deal for Vincent Lecavalier never came to fruition.

With Fisher out — judging on the 4-6 month timeline, he could be gone through December — the Preds are pretty thin down the middle: Jokinen, Matt Cullen, Paul Gaustad and Colin Wilson are essentially it for centers. Prized prospect Filip Forsberg could get a shot at playing there, as could Calle Jarnkrok, acquired by Detroit at last year’s deadline in exchange for David Legwand.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Maybe Poile will finally land his big-time center when he drafts Connor McDavid.

  2. tobie1003 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Maybe being home with Carrie, will help him heel quicker. If it was me, I’d stay out all season, just to be home with her!! I see a pregnancy on the horizon….

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      Hope the cast doesn’t get in the way…

  3. govtminion - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Damn… the words ‘ruptured’ and ‘tendon’ in the same sentence just makes me cringe. Get well soon!

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Wow, so Jokinen goes from being a 3rd line Centre on an average Jets team to a 1st line Centre on an average Preds team?
    I hope Rinne & that young, talented D-Core is ready to stand on their heads because goals will be tough to come by in Nashville. Neal can’t do it all

    • JoeAvg - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Neal’s not going to do much at all if they can’t find someone to dish him the the puck. He was great at finding the opening on a line line with Malkin but if he’s the only offensive threat out there, all I see is him having a frustrating season. And if you’ve ever seen Neal frustrated, you know that ain’t pretty. Look for him to lead the Preds in penalty minutes if this is the case.

  5. dumbassgreg - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    sure this starts the Vinnie from Philadelphia rumors to happen again. online to david poile agents for ribero and Derek roy.

    • flyboystransport - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Phillys still shopping lecavlier. …..

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        Look’s like Poile is gonna have to eat the salary and the four year cap hit now.

      • lordfletcher - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        I don’t think Nashville can eat any (wasted) cap, hence why they still do not have a #1 center.

        Nashville not getting Spezza pretty much ruined their chances this year because they were not getting any big time UFA’s and you just don’t have a #1 C land in your lap out of no where. They will have to sell Weber in order to make this happen, which I personally think is the smartest thing they could do for long term success.

  6. 19to77 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Okay, Paul Gaustad. Time to step up and be the 40-goal, 80-point man you were always meant to be.

  7. pjblake2redwings - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Calle Jarnkrok could step into 2C with Filip Forsberg on his wing.. Super young, fast and talented line could happen

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