Based on interviews that are a week old now, Fernando Pisani is many weeks away from returning to the NHL (barring setbacks). However, we can talk about Fernando Pisani the hockey player and his future in the NHL, and there was a time when his career and health were question marks.
I think Pisani might end up being an inspirational story for the team and the fans this season. Let’s face it, the team that roared to the Stanley Cup finals has a new address, and this club is building for a brighter tomorrow.
But Fernando Pisani is a connection to the glory of spring 2006, and his struggle is something we can all get behind.
I’ll never forget that moment when he cleared the Detroit zone and then picked off an errant pass before going all Guy Lafleur and scoring one of the biggest goals in Oilers’ history.
THAT moment won’t hold a candle to the night he returns to center ice in Rexall, and the fans blow the roof off the building.