"I watched a video this morning and I was ready to play tomorrow", he laughingly told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.
Fisher played the past seven seasons with Nashville and was the team's captain in 2016-17 when the Predators made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
Fisher signed a professional tryout contract in order to begin working out with the team, and he expects to sign a contract for the rest of the season ahead of the February 26 trade deadline, when postseason rosters must be set. Now, this wasn't just a sudden decision, as Mike has been weighing the pros and cons of coming back for weeks.
"It always kind of bugged me when guys came out of retirement". How good this team is. "But we didn't win a year ago, and it was the best time in my career and we didn't win".
Of course, before he could put back on the jersey and rejoin the Preds, Mike had to run the decision by the most important people in his life. "I know it's going to take some time to get back into game shape, and we'll see how it goes", Fisher said.
"She wanted me to do it", Fisher said. "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. Now, add Fisher back into the mix along with Johansen and Bonino? "We want the cup!"
Fisher accomplished plenty over his 17 seasons in the National Hockey League, but there's still something out there he wants. "I believe that this year can be our year and that's what I want to be a part of and have some fun".
Perhaps the most apparent and immediate impact from what Fisher's return will mean to the Predators is what is presence will do inside the locker room and on the bench. That doesn't really matter, as the addition to the team will be a huge boost to the Predator's morale. Not from Fisher himself, not from coach Peter Laviolette and certainly not from Poile, who didn't question for a second whether or not the comeback bid would work.