Nashville Signs Volchenkov, Mike Fisher Out 4-6 Months with Achilles Injury

The Nashville Predators have announced that forward Mike Fisher will be out four-to-six months after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.

According to Preds general manager David Poile, the team’s alternate captain sustained the injury “during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3.”

“We expect Mike to make a full recovery…and look forward to his return to the ice,”said Poile.

The 34-year-old center tallied 20 goals and 29 assists for a total of 49 points in 75 games last season with Nashville.

He was acquired by the team in 2011 in a deal that sent a first-round pick and a conditional pick to the Ottawa Senators.

In 887 games over his 15-year NHL career [11 with the Senators, four with the Predators], the Peterborough, Ontario native has recorded a combined 481 points [226 goals, 255 assists].

Fisher was slated to be a key contributor for Nashville this upcoming season. With the recent free agent acquisition of veteran Olli Jokinen, it seemed as if the Predators would be heading into the 2014-15 campaign with two stable center-men. However, due to the circumstances, new head coach Peter Laviolette will have to wait until at least November to see Fisher in action.

The Predators have also announced the signing of free agent defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year, $1 million contract.

“Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” said Poile. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”

The 32-year-old Moscow, Russia native has recorded 126 points in 650 games in the league.

 

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