Ex-Canuck Antoine Roussel heads to Arizona with his head held high

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‘It’s always sad leaving a good place where you had fun and leaving a place where you had some success’

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Patrick Johnston

Antoine Roussel of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Jan. 14, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. Photo by Codie McLachlan /PNG Article content

In relative terms, renting a house was the easy part.

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For Antoine Roussel, one day he’ll look back at the summer of 2021 as a wild one.

There is the big picture of course. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, where two hockey seasons were disrupted and life in general was turned upside down.

But then there was his — and his family’s — personal reality: he’d been traded.

The Vancouver Canucks flipped him, along with teammates Jay Beagle and Loui Eriksson and a trio of draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes at last month’s NHL Entry Draft for Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland.

“It’s always sad leaving a good group of guys. It’s always sad leaving a good place where you had fun and leaving a place where you had some success,” Roussel told Postmedia last week as he was heading home to Quebec after a quick house-hunting trip to Arizona.

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