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Report: Predators to name Fisher as new captain

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DENVER, CO - MARCH 05: Mike Fisher #12 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on March 5, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Predators defeated the Avalanche 5-2. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The Nashville Predators are expected to begin a new era Thursday, by naming Mike Fisher as the club’s next captain, according to a report from The Tennessean on Wednesday.

Fisher, who has played more than 1,000 NHL regular season games, is 36 years old and has played in Nashville since the 2010-11 season.

Last season, he scored 13 goals and 23 points in 70 games, but had five goals and seven points in 14 post-season games, as the Predators made it to Game 7 of the second round.

Shea Weber had the ‘C’ from 2010 until June 29, 2016, when he was traded from the Predators to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban.

It’s been more than two months since that blockbuster deal went down during what turned into one of the most chaotic, memorable and controversial days of the offseason.

In a recent piece for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman revisited the deal with Predators GM David Poile.

As the Predators are reported to be moving on with a new captain, Poile made sure in Friedman’s piece to express his appreciation for what Weber did for the franchise in Nashville: “Some day, I don’t know if it’s going to be this year or whenever, I’m going to have another conversation with Shea so he understands how much he meant to us. It’s important he recognizes that. When a player hears he’s been traded, he doesn’t hear anything else you have to say.”