The Bruins fans were briefed on the latest news of the deal when chief executive, Don Sweeney, acquired Charlie Coyle's 26-year-old attacker from Minnesota's Wild Wednesday in exchange for the "free-rush". striker Ryan Donato and a fifth round pick.
Coyle has scored 28 points in 60 games this season.
Here are five things to know about the latest Bruin:
He is a child of Boston, through and through.
Coyle grew up in Weymouth, just 16 miles from TD Garden. He started making waves in hockey in his first year, when Weymouth High competed in the Super 8 Final, the state's most competitive high school hockey tournament. Coyle played his next two years of high school hockey at Thayer Academy in Braintree. The Thayer Academy has already been the star of the NHL: Jeremy Roenick, former NHL player, Tony Amonte (Coyle's cousin), and current Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik, attended school , among others.
According to Hockey-Reference, Coyle scored 48 points in 26 games at 16 with Thayer Academy. He was 17 on the South Shore Kings junior team, scoring 63 points in 42 games. Coyle has been enrolled at Boston University for the 2010-11 season and has scored 26 points in 37 games with the Terriers. He returned for his second season at the BU, but left mid-season to play junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for his final year in amateur hockey.
Coyle was a first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The San Jose Sharks selected Coyle with the 28th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, which Bruins fans will remember as the year the team picked for the center, with Tyler Seguin second. in the general classification. Coyle is the 15th highest scoring player in the 2010 draft to date, with 242 points in 479 games.
The Sharks transferred Coyle to nature in June 2011 as part of a deal that led defenseman Brent Burns to San Jose, where Burns won the Norris Trophy. Coyle became professional for the 2012-13 season and played only 47 games in the AHL before qualifying for a mid-season qualification in Minnesota.
Coyle's production has steadily increased in each of its first five seasons in Minnesota. He scored 21 career goals in 2015-16, a career high, but his best season was 2016-17, where he scored 56 points in 82 games. Last season was quite disappointing, with Coyle playing only 66 games and not reaching 30 points.
He can play center and right wing, and score effectively at equal power – a skill the Bruins need.
Coyle is a versatile forward, capable center and right wing – positions where the Bruins might need help. His additional presence in the formation allows coach Bruce Cassidy to place him on the right wing of David Krejci or to place a third line in the center. Joakim Nordstorm, Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson, Peter Cehlarik and Trent Frederic were auditioned for an audition with mixed results.
In addition, despite their success this season, the Bruins struggled to score on equal strength. According to the Evolving Hockey statistics website, they have collected the ninth under five in five games this season among the 31 teams in the NHL.
The Bruins were propelled offensively by an elite power play and by the quality of the top five players. Coyle's 28 points this season put him tied with the team's sixth-leading scorer, with winger Jake DeBrusk. But 23 of those 28 points came while Coyle plays on equal strength, and that's no exception. Nearly 78% of his career points are tied.
The Bruins will retain Coyle for next year.
In Donato, Sweeney loses an attacker still on his entry-level contract in this business. But he has already achieved his goal of acquiring a player who will play in Boston for at least one more season.
The Bruins have been trading for rents – players whose contracts expire at the end of this season – but Coyle is offering them a $ 3.2 million deal against the salary cap that expires at the end of the season 2021-22. This gives Sweeney the assurance that his new forward will be in Boston for a possible Stanley Cup Cup this year and alongside Bergeron, Marchand and the other main players on the team.
Throughout his career, he has worked hard to build relationships and give back to the community.
At a Q & A with NHL.com in 2017, Coyle said he supported charities such as Autism Speaks, United Heroes League and Gillette Children's.
"I do not like to take one; There are many good causes and foundations that help a lot of people, so I like being part of many different groups and trying to help as much as I can, "Coyle said. "It helps when you know someone in a given situation who can be affected. It's kind of the kind that touches you the most, so you want to help in every way possible and try to make a difference, even small. Every little bit counts. "
Coyle returns home to Weymouth every season and often participates in the Comm Ave Annual Classic with other former BU and Boston College players. This charity game benefits foundations and charities such as the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative and the Travis Roy Foundation, which focus on providing home care to people with ALS and taking care of their loved ones. in charge and looking for spinal cord lesions.
And if you catch him warming up before a game, Coyle could say hello.