It’s time for the next installment of the Captain Search Series. Last time we took a look at the idea of poaching Joe Thornton off the Sharks and slapping a C on his chest in Vegas, today we do the same with the 36 year old husband of Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher.
One of America’s better named newspapers, the Nashville Tennessean, held their periodic Predators Mailbag. There’s not enough room for a weekly NHL off-season mailbag, because Nashville’s sports pages are covered with Marcus Mariota. Back to the mailbag, a local hockey fan asked our favorite Tennessean writer with the last name Vingan, Adam Vingan, about next year’s expansion draft. It’s a complex question, because Nashville could be one team that protects four defensemen. A possible fortune not many teams have.
Protecting Roman Josi, and PK Subban are no brainers. What’s making it tough on GM David Poile, are second line Defensman Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm. Two very talented blueliners who’ve paired successfully, and might be tough to break up.
Vingan printed his own protected list of Nashville players in the ole’ Tennessean. One player that didn’t make his list, and stood out to me was Assistant Captain Mike Fisher. The favorite to become Nashville’s captain next season. The forward has played in Nashville since 2011, and worn an “A” since 2012. After Mariota, Fisher might be the most recognized sports figure in Nashville. Plus he’s got that whole Carrie Underwood thing going for him.