Another NHL trade deadline has come and gone and there were plenty of moves made ahead of the 3pm ET deadline.
One of the players on the move is Finnish forward Mikael Granlund, who was acquired by the Nashville Predators in exchange for Kevin Fiala, and he found out about the deal at one of the worst possible times.
On top of wondering where he could be headed leading up to the deadline and the possible changes he would have to make going forward since he still has a year left on his deal, the 26-year-old was also dealing with the stress of having his fiancée in labour with their first child.
It’s always tough to deal with trade news after you’ve been with a team for so long and since the beginning of your career, but it’s even tougher to deal with when you’re trying to process it all while welcoming your first child into the world.
Granlund was selected ninth overall by the Wild in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and registered 224 assists and 317 points in 461 regular season games and eight goals and 21 points in 39 playoff games. This season, Granlund registered 15 goals and 34 assists for 49 points in 63 games with the Wild, which had him tied for first in assists and second for most points on the team.