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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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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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