Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile feels he has a good understanding of his team.
"When you evaluate our team, we always get pretty good marks for our goaltending, our defense and our defensive play," said Poile. "One of the areas we fall short on is our forwards, and specifically our offense."
He feels he addressed that Thursday, acquiring veteran center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2011 first-round pick. The Senators also will receive a conditional 2010 draft pick depending on how the Predators fare in the playoffs. If they win one round, the Senators will get a third-round pick; if the Predators advance the Western Conference Finals, it will be a second-round pick.
"Mike Fisher is a player we have always liked," said Poile. "We like everything about his game. He plays hard, he scores pretty good, four of the last five seasons he's scored 20 goals. He plays in all situations, power play, penalty kill. He's appeared in 75 playoff games, that's more than any current Predator player. What I really like is this is not a rental. Mike is signed for the next two years. This is a deal that will hopefully help us down the stretch this year and for more years to come."
Fisher has 14 goals and 24 points this season, and the Predators need all the offense they can get. They entered Thursday's games 26th in scoring at 2.53 goals per game. But with their defense and goaltending the Preds are nearly unbeatable when they get a good offensive output -- they're 23-4-1 when they score three or more goals this season.