With the NHL trade deadline in less than five days (2/25 at 3 pm ET), the Bruins made a move early this evening, as news quickly circulated that the team had traded Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick to the Minnesota Wild for right winger/center Charlie Coyle.
Coyle, a local kid from Weymouth, MA, turns 27 on March 2. He's played his entire seven-year NHL career with the Wild, notching a career-high 56 points (18 goals, 38 assists) during the 2016-17 season.
In 60 games for Minnesota this season, Coyle has 10 goals and 18 assists. Over 479 career games as a member of the Wild, Coyle's recorded 242 points on 91 goals and 151 assists.
Former Bruin Marc Savard thinks the deal is a great one for his former team:
Donato, 22, struggled for the Bruins this season, recording nine points in 34 games with a minus-11. A step back from his cup of coffee the previous season, when he scored five goals and recorded four assists in nine games.
This is a great opportunity for Donato, who just didn't quite fit in with the Bruins this season; and, as it became apparent, the long-term plans of the franchise. I think he'll develop into a solid player in the league for years to come though.
A local kid for a local kid. Don't see that happen too much in sports. Overall a decent trade for the Bruins. They didn't give up a lot, and they're getting a solid, young, versatile player who can play right wing or center. And the seven years of experience surely helps out too.