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Mike Fisher Retires Again from NHL: 'I've Milked This Cow as Long as It'll Go'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2018

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13:  Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is calling it quits. 

For real this time. 

After coming out of retirement in February to try to help the Predators make consecutive Western Conference title runs, Fisher confirmed Saturday he won't return following 18 NHL seasons. 

"I've milked this cow as long as it'll go," he said, according to NHL.com's David Satriano. "It's bone dry."

Fisher, 37, tallied two goals and two assists in 16 regular-season appearances after rejoining the Predators. He also chipped in a goal in Nashville's 7-4 Game 3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the second round of the playoffs. 

The Jets secured a 5-1 Game 7 win Thursday, eliminating Nashville from the postseason.

"You don't want to be cleaning out your locker in May, there's no question," Fisher said, per Satriano. "I had a great three months or whatever it was. I enjoyed every minute of it. I enjoyed coming to work with these guys. It was a great group of people, from the players to the whole organization and staff.

"I'm glad I came back. It was awesome. Obviously disappointing, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I know this team. They'll learn and grow and be better. There's a lot to look forward to."

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Carrie Underwood, Fisher's wife, relayed the following message Thursday: 

Carrie Underwood @carrieunderwood

Welp, to me & our 3 year-old, @mikefisher1212 is the greatest hockey player alive & the @PredsNHL are now & forever the greatest hockey team in NHL history! 💙 Not the ending we wanted, but we’re alive & well & I get my hubby back, so I say God is good!

A second-round pick in the 1998 NHL draft, Fisher spent the first 10-and-a-half years of his career with the Ottawa Senators before he was traded to the Predators in February 2011. 

The Peterborough, Ontario, native finished his career with 589 points, including 278 goals and 311 assists. 

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