Mar 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates with the puck as Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) defends during the third period at the United Center. The Predators won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
During the NHL off-season you may picture the time off as the player’s opportunity to just sit back and relax now that they no longer have any more games to play. This is hardly true though; there are a lot of different activities that the players participate in which helps keep them active in the off-season. Conditioning, weight lifting, and open skate are common activities that players participate in to stay in shape and keep that edge heading into training camp. You also may find players rehabilitating from an earlier injury that happened during the season or in the worst case, an injury that happens during the off-season. Here is a look at the current NHL off-season injury update around the league.
You never like to hear the word injury during the off-season, especially if it is to one of your key players. The Nashville Predators had to hear that unfortunate news when learning that their alternate captain Mike Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon during an off-season training session. The only good news is successful surgery was performed on July 3. In a statement, general manager David Poile said, “We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice.” Mike Fisher did a great job on the Predators in 75 games scoring 20 goals and 29 assists averaging 19:45 of ice time. (Quote courtesy of NHL.com)
This injury can potentially be a huge loss for the Nashville Predators who began the off-season in the market for another center before all this had happened. Earlier in the free agent frenzy the Predators were passed over by both Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza due to their no trade clauses, instead they ended up settling for the older Olli Jokinen on a one year tryout. With Mike Fisher may not return until November so management will have to try and sign one of the remaining free agents or rely on the younger players to step up until he is able to return.