The Minnesota Wild have entered full sell mode after dealing center Charlie Coyle. The Wild had announced they intended to sell within the last week. Even though they currently sit one point behind the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
The Wild have had a number of injuries this year, including losing Mikko Koivu for the season. The front office decided it would be best for the team to sell at the trade deadline.
Charlie Coyle is the first piece to be moved. His destination will be the Boston Bruins. Coyle carries a cap hit of $3.2 million and is under contract for next season.
On the year Coyle has played 60 games and has tallied 10 goals and 18 assists. Coyle can play both center and right wing and will help on the Bruins second line.
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The return for the Wild is forward Ryan Donato and a 5th-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Donato made his NHL debut last season with Boston after playing for both Harvard University and Team USA at the Olympics. On the season Donato has six goals and three assists in 34 games and in the AHL with the Providence Bruins Donato notched 12 points in 18 games.
In Donato, the Wild receive a young prospect with a good chance to succeed in the NHL along with a mid-round draft pick. For the Bruin,s they get a a guy who can play both the center and wing position. He helps beef up the top-six and is under contract for next season at a very team friendly cost.
Less than a week before the NHL trade deadline and both of these teams are ones to keep an eye on. The Wild have more pieces to sell and the Bruins will also look to add more before Monday’s deadline.
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