Any question about how aggressive the Nashville Predators might be in advance of the National Hockey League’s trade deadline were answered Thursday when they dealt their first-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional pick in 2012 to acquire veteran center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators.
“We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on,” General Manager David Poile said. “He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line.”
The conditional pick is Nashville’s third-round selection if the Predators win one round in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and turns into a second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds. The NHL trade deadline is Feb 28, which leaves time to make more moves.
Fisher has 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 55 games this season for Ottawa, which had the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at the start of the day.
The 30-year-old has played 675 NHL games, all with the Senators, since he was drafted in the second round (44th overall) in 1998.
Well-known as the husband of country music superstar Carrie Underwood, he will make his Predators debut Saturday against Colorado (7 p.m., Bridgestone Arena).