Marcus Johansson and Charlie Coyle Develop Bruce Cassidy's Toolbox – The Athletic


Ideally, the Bruins would have landed on Monday on the right and probably the second right hand # 2 to complete their previous acquisition of Charlie Coyle.

The reality, however, is that they are not sufficiently stocked in the futures contracts for Don Sweeney to separate from his first defenseman in 2019 or his young defender Urho Vaakanainen, his first two awards in this department.

The Bruins general manager has made a less painful compromise: his second round of 2019 and his choice of the fourth round of 2020 for New Jersey. Of course, Sweeney had to compromise in return.

The general manager has ranked Marcus Johansson among the top nine forwards, which is a polite way of saying that the 28-year-old does not have the impact of a second-line fire.

"Marcus represents a lot of versatility and production in the first nine places," said Sweeney. "It's something we felt, coming down, that we could still use."

Johansson was playing recently with Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt. In 48 games, …

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