The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild appear to be on the verge of completing a deal.
Bob McKenzie had a Wednesday evening pregame TV hit on NBCSN, and broke down the details.
“We have a trade. Well, we should say a pending trade,” began McKenzie. “Because it’s not yet official, it’s not yet done in the eyes of the National Hockey League.
“What we believe the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild have agreed to is to send forward Charlie Coyle, who’s going to turn 27 (March 2), a seventh-year pro, back home to Massachusetts - he’s a Mass kid - to go the Boston Bruins in exchange for another Boston kid, Ryan Donato, who would be heading to the Minnesota Wild. He, of course, is playing in the American Hockey League this year after coming up last year down the stretch and scored some good goals for the Bruins.
“Now, here’s what we can tell you: Charlie Coyle was supposed to be getting on a flight to New York with the rest of his teammates. He was told that he has been traded. As of a short while ago he still hasn’t been told where he’s been traded. But his equipment has been pulled off the truck, and he’s not on that flight obviously.
“There’s no official word yet on when this trade could become official, and so we are cautioning everybody until the trade call is done with the National Hockey League, it’s not a legitimate trade.
“But obviously the Boston Bruins feel like they’re getting a big forward. He’s a tantalizing player with seven years in the National Hockey League. Big, can skate, can shoot the puck but doesn’t always like to shoot the puck. Looks all the world like a guy who should score 20 goals and 50 points easily every year, but there’s too many 10 or 15-goal or 25 or 30-point seasons sprinkled in there, and that’s one of the reasons why Minnesota is giving him up for a younger player and what’s believed to be a fifth-round pick.”
Coyle is in the fourth season of a five-year, $16 million contract.
Donato is in the second season of a two-year, $2.7 million contract, and he can become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly