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Patrik Berglund explains why he walked away from the NHL and millions of dollars

30 novembre 2019
Patrik Berglund's decision to leave the NHL and walk away from millions of dollars in guaranteed money was surprising to many when it happened in December of last year. Berglund, a former first round pick of the St. Louis Blues, left more than $13 million on the table after deciding to leave the Buffalo Sabres. He's now letting everyone know why in a new feature by Sportsnet.

On July 1st of 2018, Berglund, along with Tage Thompson, Vladimir Sobotka, a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, were traded by the Blues to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Ryan O'Reilly. Berglund could have blocked the trade, but he failed to submit paperwork by the deadline. Bergland told Sportsnet that things started doing downhill the day after the exchange. Berglund played in October and November of 2018, but wasn't the same player he had been in St. Louis. He tells Sportsnet in the interview that he became unhappy and anxious in Buffalo. His father Anders said he believes he never got over the initial shock of the trade. On December 15th, Berglund was suspended by the Sabres for failing to show up for practice. Shortly after, he and Buffalo came to a mutual agreement to terminate his contract.

“I supported him all the way and I told him to listen to his heart,” Anders Berglund told Sportsnet. “Everybody was talking to me about all the money, but Patrik has never been raised to have money as a factor for life.”


Patrik later said in an interview that he was no longer happy playing professional hockey and was taking a hiatus from the game to improve his mental health. Now, he is the captain of Djurgardens in the SHL. Even though he's making much, much less than he would in the NHL, he told Sportsnet he's much happier.

“I know exactly how much money I left,” Berglund told Sportsnet in the interview, adding the money made no difference to him.

“I don’t know how much money you need to be happy, but I’m good,” said Berglund.

After close to 700 NHL games with St. Louis, Berglund played just 23 with Buffalo before deciding he was done in North America.

You can watch the full feature below.

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- 1 1
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- 1 1
VALTTERI FILPPULA
- 1 1
NICK FOLIGNO
- 1 1
DYLAN LARKIN
- 1 1
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 76
LEON DRAISAITL
49 75
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 72
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 70
ARTEMI PANARIN
47 68
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 65
BRAD MARCHAND
51 65
PATRICK KANE
51 63
JACK EICHEL
48 62
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
51 37
AUSTON MATTHEWS
49 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
49 34
NATHAN MACKINNON
49 30
JACK EICHEL
48 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
49 49
LEON DRAISAITL
49 48
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
49 47
JOHN CARLSON
49 47
BRAD MARCHAND
51 44
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
49 60
ROMAN JOSI
47 48
VICTOR HEDMAN
46 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
49 40
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
41 37
VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
QUINN HUGHES
48 34
DOMINIK KUBALIK
49 32
MARTIN NECAS
46 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
35 24
JORDAN BINNINGTON
35 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
39 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 21
CAREY PRICE
40 20
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
42 4
JAMES REIMER
20 3
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
21 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
24 3
TRISTAN JARRY
25 3
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