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It was a whirlwind day for Mikael Granlund. 

By Dan Gartland
February 26, 2019

Talk about a life changing day

Veteran NHL center Mikael Granlund will need to catch his breath after his life got turned upside down Monday. 

Granlund, who has played each of his seven NHL seasons for the Wild, was traded at the deadline to the Predators. And the trade couldn’t have come at a worse time. Wild GM Paul Fenton told reporters that he had to deliver the news to Granlund while he was with his wife, who was in labor. 

“I did talk to him as a father and now a grandfather,” Nashville GM David Poile told reporters. “I didn’t even say anything to him about the trade for five minutes. I told him how important it was for him to take care of his wife and the baby and what a great day this is for he and his family.

“We’ll have more of a hockey conversation with him after the baby's born.”

Granlund now faces the unenviable task of picking up and moving right after welcoming a newborn baby. Hopefully his wife will have someone else around to help with diapers. 

The ovation Dirk deserved

Clippers coach Doc Rivers commandeered the microphone at the end of last night’s game against the Mavericks to tell everyone at Staples Center to give it up for Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk was clearly moved by the gesture, as was his coach.

James Harden’s streak is over

James Harden’s streak of 30-point games is over at 32, thanks in part to the Hawks’ ferocious defense on a meaningless last possession. The game was well out of reach when Harden got the ball in the final seconds, but the Hawks blanketed Harden with four defenders, preventing him from getting a last shot off and leaving him with 28 points for the night. 

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A good song

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