The trade today of Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators from the Ottawa Senators for a first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 NHL Draft should not surprise anyone.
The Senators are currently 17 points back of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference for a playoff spot, so don’t be surprised if they consider dealing a couple of unrestricted free agents, particularly Alexei Kovalev and Chris Phillips, over the next two weeks.
A person that should not be blamed for today’s trade however is country music sensation Carrie Underwood. Fisher is going to a team that is in contention for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Nashville currently sits in fifth place in the West, four points up on the ninth place Minnesota Wild.
The bottom line is that hockey is a business and this deal makes sense for both teams involved.
It has been a bit of disappointing season for Fisher, who only has 24 points in 55 games and an awful -18 rating. At 30, he obviously doesn’t fit in Ottawa’s long term plans. Don’t be surprised to see the Senators move toward a massive rebuilding project similar to what Edmonton is currently going through.
Getting back to Underwood, many Edmonton Oiler fans might have compared Carrie Underwood to Janet Jones, especially after ESPN’s documentary on Wayne Gretzky in their 30 for 30 series, was shown on TSN Monday.
My argument is that Underwood and Jones had nothing to do with either trade. In the Gretzky deal, Oiler fans in my opinion, should blame former owner Peter Pocklington. In the Fisher deal, Senator fans in my opinion, get the edge because I’d take two draft picks over Fisher any day.