On the hunt for forward help from the start, really, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made it clear on Wednesday night: he’s real excited to add Wild-turned-Bruins forward Charlie Coyle to the Black and Gold’s group.
Sweeney’s excitement is natural, really. A right-shot forward (a rarity on the Bruins), Coyle is a two-position player with experience in all situations and roles, and is under contract beyond just this season, with a $3.2 million cap hit through 2019-20. The fourth-year general manager touched on basically all of that in a brief statement on Wednesday night.
“Charlie brings unique qualities to our team – he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed,” Sweeney said upon the completion of the trade, which came while the B’s were skating against the Vegas Golden Knights. “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.”
A Weymouth, Mass. native, Coyle comes to his hometown team with 10 goals and 28 points in 60 games for Minnesota this season. He scored a career-high 21 goals in 2015-16, and hit a career-high in points with 56 in 2016-17.
Sweeney will discuss Coyle and more with the media on an 11 a.m. conference call.