In the realm of professional sports, where change is often the only constant, athletes are aware that they may find themselves on the trading block at any given time. But that didn't prepare Matt Fraser for the news he received on July 4.
"I was actually golfing when I found out," Fraser said. "My sister called, and I told her I was busy and would call her back. Two holes later, I had 10 missed calls and texts."
The Dallas Stars had traded the 23-year-old prospect as part of a blockbuster that also sent Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow and Reilly Smith to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button.
"I definitely wasn't expecting it," Fraser said. "All of a sudden I'm finding a new place to live. Once the initial shock of the trade wears off, you realize what kind of a position you're in."