Fisher will miss 4-6 months after rupturing his Achilles during a training session in early July.
Fisher is expected to miss at least the first two months of the regular season. Fisher finished fourth on the Predators with 49 points (20G / 29A) in 75 games last season. With Fisher out, the Predators went out and singed Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy each to one-year contracts on Tuesday.
The Predators have signed Derek Roy to a one-year, $1 million deal.
With Mike Fisher out for 4-6 months with a ruptured Achilles, the Predators have signed two veteran playmakers today, Roy and Mike Riberio. Roy had nine goals and 28 assists (37 points) in 75 games with the Blues last season. Roy is undersized at 5-foot-9 but still has the ability to be a productive playmaker with the Preds this season.
The Predators have signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million deal.
Ribeiro, 34, was bought out by the Coyotes after scoring 16 goals with 31 assists and a minus-13 rating in 80 games. Ribeiro has been known to have some behavioural issues in the locker room, but the Predators take very little risk on the crafty centre by signing him to a cheap, one-year contract.
The Predators have locked Anton Volchenkov up for one-year at $1 million dollars.
Volchenkov, 32, recorded eight assists in 56 games with the Devils last season. Despite sub-par offensive numbers, Volchenkov led the Devils in hits (129) and was second in blocked shots (91) even though he missed 26 games. He had strong possession numbers in 2013-14 and should settle in nicely on the Predators second pairing.
The Predators have signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year, $2.5 million dollar contract.
The 35-year-old veteran centre had 18 goals and 25 assists (43 points) with a minus-8 rating in 82 games with the Jets last season. The Predators do not have the most talented pivots, so Jokinen could be the one that starts the season with James Neal.
On Friday, the Penguins dealt James Neal to the Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
Neal missed 23 games this season, but still notched 27 goals and 34 assists (61 points) in the 59 games he did play. After a strong regular season, Neal struggled in the playoffs posting just four points (2G / 2A) in 13 games. The Penguins were looking to dump some salary but they part ways with a $5 million dollar cap-hit and take on a $4.25 million cap-hit in Hornqvist. Neal beams the focal point of the Predators offence and should produce around the same rate as he did on Evgeni Malkin's wing in Pittsburgh.
The Predators have signed Carter Hutton to a two-year deal worth $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-16.
Starter Pekka Rinne is signed for the next seven years. The Predators signed Hutton last offseason under the recommendation of goaltending coach Mitch Korn. The latter helped turn Hutton into a viable NHL backup with a 2.62 goals against average and .910 save percentage and a 20-11-4 record. Before last season, Hutton had played just one NHL game.
Hutton stopped all 35 shots in a 3-0 win over the Sharks on March 5th. It was the first shutout of Hutton's NHL career and 19th win of the season. He gets the nod in the Predators final game of the season in Minnesota. Hutton has been solid, posting a 2.61 GAA and .910 SV% in 33 starts this season.
Rinne stopped all 29 shots that he faced in a 2-0 win over the Coyotes on Thursday. I wrote that Rinne had a chance to play spoiler, and that is exactly what he did with his second shutout of the season. Tonight, he will look to move to 3-0 over the Blackahwks, he has posted a 1.00 GAA and .968 SV% in the first two games.
Rinne allowed two goals on 30 shots in a shootout loss to the Stars on Tuesday. It was a much better outing that his start vs. Dallas the week prior. He will try to play spoiler tonight with the Coyotes in town. Rinne has gone 3-5-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .901 SV% at home this season.
Rinne allowed two goals on 29 shots in Friday's 5-2 win over Anaheim. It was a nice bounce-back game for Rinne, who was shelled for seven by the Stars in his previous start. The Predators playoff chances are nearly non-existent, so he will attempt to get retribution and play spoiler tonight vs. Dallas once again.
Jones (concussion) played 12:40 and registered one shot on goal in his return to the Predators lineup on Saturday.
Jones had missed the previous five games with a concussion he suffered on March 23rd in Chicago. The Predators season is coming to a close, which means the end of Jones' rookie season. As of now, he has six goals and 18 asssits in 73 games. His 24 points has him tied for 21st amongst rookies in scoring.