According to the Ottawa Sun, Fisher has no active RMC in his contract, leaving him exposed to being traded at the option of the club.
This was insinuated by Murray during the “plan” speeches, but was not fully clarified, leaving speculation as to whether he had some movement restriction or none at all.
With talk of Columbus dangling former 1st rnd pick Jakub Voracek, in hopes of landing an experienced centreman to play alongside their franchise LW’er, is it possible Fisher could soon find himself again sharing sweaters with former team-mate Antoine Vermette?
While both he and his agent insist he wishes to remain in Ottawa, really, what else would they say? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying these statements are at all disingenuous, but there are obvious advantages to life south of the border for a man in Fisher’s position.
Is the trading of a (well deserved) fan favourite, whom I’ve already penned as being expendable, for the right price, even possible considering his contract status?
Is a very talented, and highly touted prospect, the right price?
Such a trade, irrespective of “fair value”- Murray is apparently asking for a top prospect and high pick – would likely serve both teams current and future needs.
Simply put, Columbus (read Howson) needs to not just make the post season, but at least put up a solid performance when they get there. After years of fan anticipation and post season fails, the time is now, or never, for Howson.
As Ottawa needs a proven scoring winger to kick-start their re-tooling, Columbus needs a proven top 6 centre to get over the top.
The fact neither player has consistently performed in these roles will not be lost on anyone, and could either make the trade fair, or too risky, for those on both sides of any deal.
If it’s even being discussed anywhere but here…