Fisher said his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, encouraged him to make a comeback.
"SEE YOU AGAIN", the team tweeted, with a picture of Fisher on the ice, all decked out in white and yellow.
As of Wednesday, though, Fisher's reason for that happiness could be somewhat different, because instead of cheering from the sideline and waving a rally towel with the rest of the gold-clad Predators' faithful inside Bridgestone Arena, the 37-year-old is coming out of retirement and has his sights set on having a front-row seat as an active member of the Nashville roster. "But we didn't win past year, and it was the best time in my career and we didn't win".
Predators head coach Peter Laviolette praised Fisher's return to the club, as his presence is expected not only to help the team in a battle toward the playoffs, but to boost overall morale for the club.
"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said.
One of the top veteran free agents when he announced his departure in August, Fisher will be welcomed back to the Predators at a Wednesday press conference, The Tennessean reported, and he won't be returning on some kind of honorary one-day deal.
The Preds could benefit from Fisher's presence, too, especially after the center had his best scoring marks in four years during the team's run to a Western Conference title.
Indeed, Fisher intends to begin skating and working out on his own before joining the entire team for practices. He has 276 goals and 309 assists in 1,088 career games.
When the Predators acquired Kyle Turris in November, their center group instantly became one of the best in the National Hockey League. "And she's usually right. and people that I just had discussions with, watching their eyes light up and saying 'That'd be cool.' I had definitely the blessing from the family and they're all pretty excited", he continued. "I just thought about the opportunity". Last season, he had seven goals and 17 points on the power play, leading the team in the former and trailing only Johansen in the latter.
No specific timetable was given for Fisher's return to game action.