David Poile couldn’t hide his excitement.
The Predators GM wants to make a serious run at a Stanley Cup this season and Thursday he added what he hopes is a key cog by bringing in centre Mike Fisher.
With the Senators in rebuild mode and GM Bryan Murray trying to shed salary, Poile told reporters he had his first discussion about the possibility of acquiring Fisher a week ago.
“We were looking for a top- six forward,” said Poile. “We were really felt we were short in that area. Mike Fisher is a player we always liked. We liked everything about him. He plays hard and he scores.
“He plays in all situations: Power play, penalty killing and he plays over 18 minutes a game. That’s more than any (current) Predators forward.
“What I really like is that this is not a rental, like a lot of deals are at the trade deadline. This is a deal that’s not only going to help us down the stretch this year, but hopefully for a lot of years.”
Poile, who has a long history with Murray from their days together with the Capitals, said he felt bad for Ottawa having to move top players like Fisher.
‘Difficult’ in Ottawa
“It’s a very difficult situation in Ottawa,” said Poile. “I’ve known Bryan Murray for a lot of years and we’ve talked a lot of hockey over a lot of years. I feel really bad for him and that organization. They obviously felt things were going to go a lot better this year.”
It’s not lost on Poile that Fisher getting to be closer to his wife, Carrie Underwood, helped Nashville’s cause.
“Bryan Murray and (owner) Eugene Melnyk not only think highly of Mike as a hockey player, but also as a person because of what he’s done for that organization,” said Poile.
“Without knowing (the whole situation), I’m sure there would have been a lot of teams that would have come into play.
“But the fit for Nashville, with his wife (being there), is certainly we’re hoping going to be attractive. It’s a situation where we hope he’s going to be here for a lot of years to help us.”