Bruins Acquire Coyle in Trade with Wild

February 21, 2019

By Marisa Ingemi

Boston Herald

LAS VEGAS -- The Bruins have made a move as the trade deadline looms.

According to multiple reports, the Bruins acquired Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle on Wednesday. Per the reports, it’s for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick.

Coyle, 26, was told not to board the team’s plane to New York in the morning, according to The Athletic. He has been the subject of trade rumors and has been connected to Boston since the beginning of the season.

The Boston University alum -- who would be the fourth in the Bruins organization -- has 10 goals and 18 assists in 60 games played for the Wild this season. Those 28 points are tied with Jake DeBrusk for the sixth-most points on the Bruins, and he would have the sixth-most goals, as well.

A Weymouth native, Coyle’s career-high in points is 56 in 2016-17, and he had 21 goals in 2015-2016.

Donato has been in Providence, his second AHL stint this season, since January 17. He has six goals and three assists in 34 games during this, his rookie NHL season.

Coyle would presumably fall into the Bruins’ third-line center spot, which has been a struggle to establish all season. Rookie Trent Frederic has filled the gap most recently, a revolving door that’s also included Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Sean Kuraly.

A right-handed forward, Coyle also could play on the wing if the Bruins wanted to bump up a scoring right-handed winger to play on David Krejci’s line.

Coyle is under contract through the 2019-2020 season with a cap hit of $3.2 million.