The Bruins have made their first trade of the 2022 trade deadline season.
But it’s a deal that’ll mean little to the team’s 2022 campaign, as the Bruins have acquired the rights to Providence College defenseman Michael Callahan from the Coyotes in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round draft pick.
A 6-foot-2 left-shot defenseman, Callahan has put up three goals and 14 points, along with a plus-5 rating, in 34 games for the Friars, and is a third-year captain for Nate Leaman’s squad. Overall, the Franklin, Mass. native has totaled 13 goals, 65 points, a plus-23 rating, and 153 blocked shots in 132 games with Providence College.
Prior to his time in Providence, Callahan appeared in 61 games in the USHL between the Bloomington Thunder, Central Illinois Flying Aces, and Youngstown Phantoms from 2016 through 2018.
The Coyotes originally drafted Callahan with a fifth-round pick (No. 142 overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft.
The simplest explanation for the trade (and its timing) is that the Coyotes, who are in the thick of what can only be described as a scorched-earth rebuild, likely felt that Callahan was not going to sign with them at the end of his senior season and instead chose to get something for him while they still could.