The Boston Bruins didn’t make the biggest splash to start their trade deadline push, but they certainly made a small ripple. The Bruins are sending their former 2nd-round pick in Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick for Minnesota Wild veteran Charlie Coyle.
Charlie Coyle, 26, is a second and third-line center/winger who has been with the Wild since he was drafted by them in the 2010 NHL Draft. He currently has 10 goals and 18 assists through 60 games this season and is roughly a 0.5 point/game player in his career. He does not light the lamp on a regular basis, but he can certainly hold his own.
Coyle is signed through 2020 at $3.2 million per year and appears he will be with the team past this season.
Ryan Donato, 22, was playing with the AHL Providence Bruins before this trade and had shown glimpses of greatness with the Bruins in the past. In 12 games with the Bruins last season, he had five goals and four assists for a total of nine points. He has since cooled off with the same amount of points in a 34-game span and never found his stride with the team. He was also more of a liability on the ice with a -11 rating during that time.
To acquire a solid NHL talent for a fifth-rounder and Donato is not the worst considering Donato had been struggling as of late. His upside is certainly there, but his current play couldn’t help the team get a more talented player.
When looking at the overall outcome of this deal for the Bruins, I am more for the trade than I am against it. Ultimately, this trade’s value will come down to any future trades the team makes between now and the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, February 25th.
Coyle should slot in on the third line and give some veteran leadership and scoring ability to play alongside David Backes and one of the team’s younger players. He can play center and wing, but he will slot in as the third line center.
This move by the Bruins seems to be in-line with what they were looking for as outlined by NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty when discussing the team’s interest in Coyle. Haggerty outlines that Coyle has good size, is versatile with the positions he plays, and, to top it off, is a Boston University product.
The team needed a veteran presence on a third line that has been shuffled around more than the helmets during the Bruins’ helmet shuffle. Instead of having a first or second-year player hold down the fort as has been the case so far, Coyle will provide a strong and well-balanced level of play that will make the team more rounded.
As I mentioned earlier, this move’s letter-grade could change depending on what additional moves the team makes leading up to the trade deadline. If they can land one of the wingers rumored to be on the move (Stone, Simmonds, Panarin, Toffoli, etc.) then this move will look even better.
What do you think of this move? Does this make the Bruins a stronger Stanley Cup contender?
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