Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.The 5-foot-11 center says he thought the New Jersey Devils would be his final team when he signed during the 2016 offseason. But, Fiddler wrote, Nashville general manager David Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero, who launched his professional career, worked out a trade sending him back to the Predators where he started in the NHL.
Fiddler says coming full circle was special with the Predators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final a “perfect way to finish my career.”
He finished with 104 goals and 261 points and also played for the Coyotes and Dallas.
Takeaways: I have always liked Fiddler as a third line role-player. He didn’t bring anything flashy to the game, just good solid work ethic and a willingness to drop the gloves for his teammates. The hat-trick in the video was the first game I ever saw him play in, having only learned about him through EA Sports, and once I watched that, I always expected him to score more. But, I’ll always settle for a good knuckle-duster!