The Bruins have added some prospect depth, acquiring the rights to blueliner Michael Callahan from Arizona in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2024. Both teams have announced the trade.
The 22-year-old was a fifth-round pick of the Coyotes (142nd overall) back in 2018 and is in his fourth and final season with Providence of the NCAA. Callahan is in his third season as captain of the Friars but is having a quieter season offensively with three goals and 11 assists in 34 games. By comparison, he had 28 points in 34 contests two years ago. Over his four years with Providence, he has 13 goals and 53 helpers in 134 games.
This move suggests that Arizona either didn’t want to sign Callahan by the August 15th deadline or the blueliner had indicated he didn’t want to sign with them. By doing this, GM Bill Armstrong recoups a draft pick, albeit one that’s two rounds lower than the one that he was drafted in. Meanwhile, Boston believes they can sign the Massachusetts native and if they can, that’s a low price to pay for a prospect defender.