Behind Johansen, where things this past season once looked so solid, the water starts to get a little murky. Center Mike Fisher, who spent most of this past year on the third line, now appears as the most solid option for gaining the second line role.
Fisher looked born again in the playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, notching six points in seven games and ascending to the top-line center role while performing like a bonafide stallion. But at 35 going on 36-years-old, extra-juice playoff performances begin to feel like heroics railing against the ever-closing career window. And while being married to Carrie Underwood can certainly help to keep a man young, one has to wonder if the grinding of a full season at the second line wouldn’t slow down any vet not named Jaromir Jagr.
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