Fisher may have to pay way out of Zug

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

Mike Fisher may have to pay his way out of Switzerland next season.

Todd Reynolds, Fisher's agent, confirmed yesterday that the Senators centre has a clause in his contract which would require him to pay a "nominal" fee to Zug if he starts the season there and the NHL lockout is then settled.

"This is a normal practice in Europe," said Reynolds. "If the lockout is settled this summer, then there is no reason to have this conversation because Mike Fisher will be free to sign with the Senators.

"If he does start to fulfil his contract in Zug and there's a deal done two months into the season, then there is a fee he would have to pay, but we feel it's nominal given the circumstances and it would allow him to return to Canada right away," added Reynolds, who admitted he had never heard of players having to pay their way of European contracts.

SETS RECORD STRAIGHT

Initial Swiss reports indicated that when Fisher signed the Zug deal about two weeks ago, it didn't contain an out-clause. While Fisher was quick to inform the Sun that was not the case, he does need to work out a contract with the Senators since he is a restricted free agent.

PERCENTAGE OF DEAL

There was some talk in the Swiss media that because Fisher does not have a deal with the Senators, Zug might force Ottawa to pay a release fee to get Fisher out of his contract, but Reynolds said that's not true, saying the fee is based on a percentage of the contract that Fisher signed with Zug.

"This isn't going to be anything that is going to hold Mike Fisher back from playing with the Senators. The deal is in place and he'll be free to go once the NHL gets back to playing ... whenever that is," said Reynolds.


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