The Boston Bruins are looking to make a move and by the sounds of things it is going to be a rather significant one at that.
The injury riddled Bruins announced this week that veteran forward Patrice Bergeron would be missing at least a full month of action on the ice following a rib injury that has once again left him sidelined during the regular season. In spite of the well earned adoration that Bergeron has benefited from in his years as a member of the Bruins organization this has to be a frustrating time for a fan base that has become all too accustomed to seeing Bergeron sit on the sidelines while hurt.
The reality of the situation however is that it has left the Bruins with a significant lack of depth up the middle of the ice, especially when Bergeron is not in the line up, and it seems that now Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has finally seen enough and intends to address the situation. There are now very strong reports that indicate that Sweeney is likely in talks with Minnesota Wild general manager Paul Fenton regarding one of the Wild's own centers, Charlie Coyle.
Prior to the season, the Bruins were interested in the services of Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle. With Bergeron out, the Bruins are again considering Coyle in case they can’t fill the void internally.
The good news for the Bruins in this scenario is that Coyle's value may be at an all time low due to the fact that he has struggled to consistently show the form that made him a first round draft choice back in 2010. In fact Minnesota Wild insider Mike Russo indicated earlier this season that the Wild had more or less reached the end of the line when it comes to Coyle's development in their franchise.
“As has been said about Coyle a lot the past few years, he is what he is at this point. The 2010 first-rounder is not going to magically develop into a 30-goal scorer and he constantly leaves you wanting more because every now and then he dazzles and teases by flashing his many tools. But he has never been a finisher and he just lacks that killer instinct.”
So what would the Wild expect in return for an established and experienced veteran like Charlie Coyle? Well according to McDonald it sounds like one of Ryan Donato, Danton Heinen or Anders Bjork as well as an additional draft pick would likely be the price of doing business on this deal.
Do you think that would be enough for an established player like Coyle? Should the Wild make the move? Should the Bruins make the move? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.