Predators reel in Fisher

Senators forward Mike Fisher is going to Nashville ... home of his wife Carrie Underwood. The...

Senators forward Mike Fisher is going to Nashville ... home of his wife Carrie Underwood. The Senators traded him for two draft picks Thursday. (QMI Agency file photos)

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The Ottawa Senators have traded popular centre Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators ... where he will be able to join new wife Carrie Underwood.

In return, the Senators receive a first-round pick in the 2011 entry draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 Draft from the Predators. The conditional pick is Nashville's third-round selection if the Predators win one round in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and turns into a second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds.

It's the first of what could be several moves involving the Senators as the NHL's trade deadline looms.

Team GM Brian Murray has made no secret of the fact that the Senators will be looking to move some of their players and begin a rebuilding process.

But the magnitude of this move proves that Murray means business.

Fisher has been one of Ottawa's most popular players over the past decade and, prior to his Hollywood-style wedding to Underwood last summer, was a heartthrob for many, many female fans.

Fisher knew he was one of the team's most valuable commodities.

He'd told the Senators that -- if he had to be moved -- he would like to go to Nashville or Los Angeles. Underwood lives in Nashville, and spends a lot of time in L.A.

"He's got mixed emotions. He loves Ottawa and it's a special place for him," said Fisher's agent Todd Reynolds.

"At the same time, you know the fit (in Nashville) and it's ideal from that standpoint. I think he's excited and I think he's looking forward to it."

In Calgary, where the Senators were practising Wednesday morning after last night's 5-2 loss to the Flames, it was a stunned-looking group of players who hit the ice for practice. The team will leave for a flight to Edmonton this afternoon.

The Sun's Don Brennan said Chris Neil, a close friend of Fisher, appeared the most shaken up.

Fisher was already on a plane to join the Predators and did not practise with the team.

The Senators have yet to release any statement about the deal but Nashville GM David Poile said the deal is a good one for his playoff-bound squad.

"We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on," 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, 30, is tied for the Senators team lead in goals with 14 and ranks third on the club with 24 points in 2011-12, his 11th NHL campaign.

The Peterborough native has 348 points in 675 games, all with Ottawa, since 1999-2000, hitting the 20-goal mark in four of the past five seasons. The 6-1, 208-pounder notched career highs in goals (25), assists (28) and power-play goals (10) a season ago and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward in 2005-06.

-- With files from Don Wilcox, Bruce Garrioch and Don Brennan


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