Sometimes, when it comes to hockey, we forget that the players involved in trades are people too. They can be deeply affected by a sudden change in scenery, and in many cases their lives can change with little to no notice if they are dealt to another team.
Devante Smith-Pelly was a player I personally wanted the Canadiens to move. After learning of the trade, I felt good that it was a minor win for the team on a deadline day where they weren't very active. I felt good about it, but after seeing how upset he was upon learning of the deal, I definitely feel for him.
" J’aimais jouer à Montréal " - @smithpelly23, les larmes aux yeux, après avoir appris qu’il est échangé #Habshttps://t.co/4CaoMfRTDF— Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) February 29, 2016
He was visibly upset when discussing the trade, and you can tell that it caught him off-guard a little. Unfortunately, as is often mentioned, hockey is a business and teams sometimes have to part ways with players. Smith-Pelly's interview is a good reminder that the business of hockey sometimes has a profound effect on the people involved.
Seeing how upset he was, I hope everyone will join me in wishing him the very best as he continues his career with New Jersey.