The Minnesota Wild acquired forward Chris Stewart from the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
"Going to this team, I think it's going to be a fresh start," Stewart told Sportsnet. "I'm excited. I think going back to the [Western Conference] and in that division (Central), I think it's going to be more of my kind of hockey. And I think that's going to drive me to elevate my play."
Stewart, 27, has 11 goals and 25 points in 60 games. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and was the subject of trade rumors almost the entire season.
"[The rumors] became too much to handle," Stewart said. "I think once I put it all behind me and just told myself that it's out of your control and literally just turned off the Twitter and all that social media stuff and just started focusing on my game, and I thought that was the best thing for me."