Wild forward Charlie Coyle has had a rough start to his season with just 13 points through 29 games. As a result, the team is dangling him in trade talks according to Michael Russo of The Athletic (subscription required). Russo notes that three Atlantic Division teams are believed to have shown some level of interest in Boston, Montreal, and Ottawa.
The Bruins have been looking for forward help for some time and have been linked to Coyle previously; his ability to play both center and the right wing would also be a plus for them. Russo adds that Montreal has shown interest prior to this season although they’re a couple of weeks away from having a bit of a logjam up front when Joel Armia returns. Ottawa’s long list of injuries continued to grow last week with Bobby Ryan and Matt Duchene set to miss a fair bit of time so they could certainly be on the lookout for some help up front as well.
Coyle is only two years removed from a 56 point season but he has struggled since then and his trade value has likely taken a hit since then. However, he carries a reasonable cap hit of $3.2MM through next season (with a $3.75MM salary this year and $4.25MM in 2019-20) so it’s not a surprise to see teams showing some interest in him as he’s an intriguing potential reclamation project. The 26-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.
New GM Paul Fenton opted to not make any notable changes when he took over the team from Chuck Fletcher last offseason. Now that he’s had a chance to assess the situation, it appears that Coyle could be the first notable change made in his tenure.
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