The Boston Bruins have just acquired Center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild. In return the Wild get a 5th round pick and Ryan Donato.
Coyle is big center and would fill in on the Bruins third line to give them more of an offensive buzz. Coyle’s contract is team friendly and he has one year of control left at 3.2 mill. Coyle isn’t a superstar but he is a solid depth player he has 28 points on the year and has played in almost every game. If the Bruins make a big splash and fill their void on the second line with a winger then Coyle would play with Heinen and possibly Cehlarik, which would be a real third line compared to what they roll out now.
Coyle has been a consistent NHLer since the 2012 season and has been able to rack up 242 points in 479 games. Although Coyle makes a solid addition and will help the Bruins, they need to make another move to put themselves over the top and that’s acquiring a real offensive talent like Mark Stone, Wayne Simmonds or even Ryan Dzingel.
Boston had to ship out Ryan Donato to acquire Coyle and that hurts. Donato showed a ton of promise last season when he showed up notching 9 points in just 12 games. This season he was unable to find his legs and got off to a tough start, playing in 34 games and getting only 9 points. It seems early to give up on him but in order to acquire talent you have to ship some out.
Sweeney is gonna have to do some more wheeling and dealing to make this Bruins team a true Cup contender but this is hopefully the first of a couple moves.
-Tyler Smith (@TylerSmith4386)