The Boston Bruins have officially pulled the trigger on a trade, acquiring forward Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick.
A Weymouth, Mass. native, Coyle comes to the Bruins having posted 10 goals and 28 points through 60 games this season. While a natural center (the 26-year-old has posted a 46.0 faceoff percentage this season), Coyle also has the ability to play on the wing. He set a career-high in goals with 21 in 2015-16, and established a career-high in points with 56 in 2016-17.
He is under contract through the 2019-20 season with a $3.2 million cap hit.
“The Bruins are excited to add Charlie Coyle to our immediate lineup,” said B’s general manager Don Sweeney. “Charlie brings unique qualities to our team – he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed. Charlie will provide the necessary depth in all areas of our game as we continue to battle for a playoff position.
“Charlie is a player our entire organization believes can help us now and moving forward.”
The 22-year-old Donato, meanwhile, departs the Bruins organization with 11 goals and 18 points in 46 games since departing Harvard late last season. Donato was used sparingly on the NHL roster this season, averaging just 12:30 per night (he was basically a power-play specialist prior to his demotion to Providence), and scored seven goals and 12 points in 18 games for the P-Bruins this season.
The fifth-round pick sent to the Wild will convert to a fourth-round selection (a pick the Bruins originally acquired from the New York Rangers) if the Bruins advance to the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The trade does not prohibit the Bruins from making another big move, likely for a top-six winger.