Mike Fisher has a lot of wonderful things in his life. He lives in a wonderful, up-and-coming city. He plays for an up-and-coming hockey team. He is married to one of the most beautiful music artists out there. Now, Fisher can add one more thing to be happy about: he’s going to be a dad.
Yesterday, Fisher’s wife Carrie Underwood announced on Instagram that she is pregnant. Fisher later tweeted an announcement of his own, and even pitched baby name ideas.
— Mike Fisher (@mikefisher1212) September 1, 2014
Let’s seriously hope Carrie overrides him on the name.
This news is fantastic for the budding Fisher/Underwood family, and we here at Predlines wish them all the best. But, the news does add more fuel to the Fisher “retirement” fire.
There are many reasons to think that this coming season may be Fisher’s last in the NHL. For one thing, he is 34 years old. By hockey standards, that is fairly old. He’s going into the final year of a two-year deal he signed back in 2013. His health may also be in question. He is currently nursing an Achilles injury that will keep him off the ice until November or December. Can Fisher maintain his health in a fast-paced, hard-hitting league?
And now, he’s going to be a father, which will probably take up a lot of his time. With a new family, an expiring
contract and deteriorating health, will Fisher finally call it quits?
On the other hand, Fisher’s production has been somewhat consistent over the past few years. In 2011-12, he
had 51 points in 72 games. His numbers dipped a little in the lockout-shortened season, but he returned to form last season when he put up 49 points in 75 games, including 20 goals. If he could put up proportional numbers in his upcoming injury-shortened season, he would probably want to stay in the league a little longer.
It’s very possible that Fisher would give it one more try and sign a one-year deal for 2015-16 with Nashville, or another team (possibly his original team, the Ottawa Senators). But, if this is Fisher’s final year in the NHL, let’s hope he can make it a good one when he comes back from his injury.