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Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher has retired from the NHL after 17 season. Joe Rexrode and Dave Ammenheuser discuss what this means for the team.
Autumn Allison / USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

This is a great and well-deserved week for Mike Fisher, finishing a successful hockey career on his terms. It’s a bad week for his former team.

The Nashville Predators will remember the good times with Fisher, who is retiring at age 37 after six-plus seasons with them and 17 in the NHL, as they should. And when they get back to business with training camp starting next month – next month! – they will do so with a reduced chance of returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

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