There’s never a good time to tell a family that their going to have to uproot and change their entire lives. Though, informing them of such a thing while they’re going through childbirth has got to be one of the worst times to do it.
Yet, that’s exactly what happened to an NHL player and his family as the trade deadline loomed.
Mikael Granlund, a 26-year-old forward formerly of the Minnesota Wild, was traded to the Nashville Predators while his fiancee was in labor.
According to Wild General Manager Paul Fenton, “The Granlunds are honestly in labor right now, so to have this happen makes it even more difficult to disrupt people’s lives.
“That’s the unfortunate part of being in this industry,” Fenton explained. “They all know that it’s a business. From the Wild we wish them nothing but the best, hopefully with a happy, healthy baby.”
The #MNWild traded Mikael Granlund to Nashville today in exchange for Kevin Fiala. Granlund’s fiancee also went into labor. GM Paul Fenton said he felt bad about the disruption. @FOX9 @Fox9Sports pic.twitter.com/gw7gPP9shi
— Jeff Wald (@JeffWaldFox9) February 25, 2019
On the upside, the Predators are a far better team than the Wild and Granlund could find himself making a Stanley Cup run before all is said and done.
“Minnesota was the only NHL team Granlund had played for after the Wild drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft. He suited up in 461 games for the franchise, recording 317 points, ” USA Today Sports reports.
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