The Nashville Predators announced center Mike Fisher ruptured his Achilles tendon and is expected to miss four-to-six months of action recovering from his injury. The blow is felt hard on the Predators as they were already thin at the center position.
Predators general manager David Poile released a statement on the injury, "Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3. We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice."
The Flyers were reportedly working on a deal with the Nashville Predators on last that would've sent Vinny Lecavalier to Nashville after Philadelphia paid his $2 million bonus. The talks stalled a bit and members of the Flyers front office grew increasingly concerned about their ability to move Lecavalier.
The news of Fisher's injury could reignite trade talks.
The return for the Flyers is not expected to be much, if anything. The main goal for the Flyers is likely to find a taker of Lecavalier's full contract which has a cap hit of $4.5 million for the next four seasons. The cap space alone would be enough of a return for Ron Hextall.
The former No. 1 overall pick didn't seem to fit in all that well in head coach Craig Berube's system and found himself relegated to a fourth line center role and a power play specialist on the Flyers' second power play unit. To show how far the former All Star had fallen in the eyes of Berube, Lecavalier only played 8:45 in Game Seven against the Rangers on April 30th and did not play in the third period.
The 34-year-old scored 20 goals and dished out 17 assists for 37 points in 69 games this season for the Flyers but only had one goal and one assist in the seven-game series against New York in the playoffs.
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