Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NHL trade review: Bruins acquire Coyle


From The Athletic

                 The Boston Bruins have acquired center/right wing Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Ryan Donato and a 5th round draft pick, per Bob McKenzie of TSN.

                  For the Bruins, they make their first buyer move this trade deadline, getting Coyle, a Massachusetts native, and a player out there relatively cheap and he isn't a rental. The 5th round pick doesn't matter, but it is a surprise they gave up on Donato, who is 22 and showed promise last year at both the Olympics and the NHL. Coyle, unlike other players that are trade bait, is a free agent after 2019-20, not 2018-19. But like Donato, he is having a down season.

                  Coyle, 26, has scored 10 goals with 18 assists for 28 points in 60 games for the Wild this season. The best year of his career came in 2016-17, when he scored 18 goals with 38 assists and 56 points (the latter two career highs) in 82 games. In his NHL career, all for the Wild, Coyle has scored 91 goals and 151 assists for 242 points in 479 games.

                   The Wild are currently in a playoff spot, but since the Western Conference has so many teams just out of a playoff spot, and the Wild aren't exactly playing great hockey, they opted to go with the Blues' strategy the last two years: to trade talent but still look to make the playoffs. Coyle will help the Bruins more than the Wild, and Donato could revamp his NHL career in Minny.

                    Donato, 22, has scored six goals with three assists for nine points in 34 games this year. In his NHL career, so far all with Boston, Donato has scored 11 goals and seven assists for 18 points in 46 games.

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