Bruins Aquire Center, Charlie Coyle from Minnesota.

In the midst of a Six game winning streak, the Boston Bruins added depth to their lineup by trading for Minnesota Wild Center, Charlie Coyle. In return, Minnesota received Ryan Donato and a 5th round draft pick. This is a solid trade for both sides. Donato really hit snag toward the end of last season, which he looked to be a sure fire fit in the Top 6. This year saw Ryan struggle mightily, traveling between Boston and Providence for most of the year.

Needless to say he was struggling. Barely amassing 12 points in 18 AHL games for a guy who is labeled as a goal scorer is fucking bad. Watching him play you can tell he has a wicked shot. Problem is he doesn’t have the hockey IQ, toughness, and willingness to get to quality scoring areas. Most of his shots come from around the perimeter. I still think he could do with finishing this season in the AHL and playing a full season down there next year. Sure seems like his development has been rushed. There is still hope for him, but a good amount of time in Iowa (Minnesota’s AHL affiliate) will be needed. Who knows, maybe they plug him in right away in Minny? Can see that happening too, and in typical Bruins fashion he becomes an All Star like Seguin, Kessel, and Blake Wheeler.

As for Charlie Coyle? Not a bad addition for the Bruins by any means. He is a solid player, who can play up and down the lineup. He play Center or Wing. I do think he has been brought here to be a Third Line Center, which is one of two massive holes in the Bruins forward group.

Charlie is good for anywhere between 35-50 points a year, which will bring much needed depth to the Bruins lineup. Hopefully, Coyle has been brought in to solidify the Third Line, and NOT to be the scoring Winger the Second Line needs. We’ll see, but Don Sweeney had this to say:

Fingers crossed they are still trying to pry Mark Stone from Ottawa. They certainly aren’t going to say out loud if they are, but this is worrisome. Monday is the NHL trade deadline, which will see a plethora of moves made by Playoff contenders. I would like to think the Bruins know they need one more piece, and I can’t think of a more perfect piece than Mark Stone.

I fucking hope so. In terms of the On-Ice stuff, the Bruins continued their winning ways with a 3-2 Shootout win over Vegas last night. It’s their 7th win in a row, which has propelled them to second in the Atlantic Division. Some of the struggling youngsters such as, Debrusk, Heinen, and Peter Cehlarik are coming alive. Next matchup is Saturday in St. Louis, who have won 11 straight. Can’t wait.

The Kid Can Play

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Last night we saw yet another rookie make their debut for the Boston Bruins.  Ryan Donato took the ice for the Bruins wearing a spoked B for the first time in his young career.  He did not disappoint either.

Just a stellar night from the kid on a less than stellar evening for the Bruins.  Donato slotted onto David Krejci’s wing with Danton Heinen, and registered 3 points.  A goal and two assists.  Donato was forced into that spot due to Rick Nash being a late scratch, due to an Upper Body Injury.   Besides the 3 points Donato had a great debut.  While he looked a bit lost at times, he was always hounding the puck, and firing shots on goal when he did have it.  The mental and physical speed the NHL game is played at will come to him in time, but he will be prone to tough stretches.  For now, just throw your body around and fire the puck on net.  Donato is a natural goal scorer that will all come if he keeps it simple.

Otherwise, it was a shitty night for the Bruins.  After taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the 2nd period, they fell apart.

Sonny Milano re-directed a slap-shot past Tuuka Rask to make it 3-2 late in the second period.  Then noted Bruins killer, Thomas Vanek re-directed a shot top tit to tie the game at 3 in the third period.

The Jackets continued to press the Bruins in the 3rd period, and Artemi Panarin fired a snap-shot past Rask directly off a face-off.

Just abysmal.  Lazy from all 5 guys on the ice.  The Jackets should not be, 1. winning the draw that cleanly, and 2. firing off a shot that cleanly.  Pathetic effort from Tuukka Rask who’s sucked for the better part of two months.  Pay attention, and he stops it.

David Krejci tied the game at 4 just a few seconds later, after a nice backhand feed from Ryan Donato, and the game would head to Overtime.  Brad Marchand appeared to have the game winning goal on his stick early in the extra frame:

Bruins Fans: Quit bitching.  Brad Marchand is never EVER getting this call.  Not to mention Brad Marchand is 50% of the reason Brad Marchand went twirling in the air here.  Either way, Brad is the least policed player in the league.  He’s earned that reputation, and will get ZERO breaks from the officials probably ever.  Should that have been a penalty?  Probably, but I think there is a hefty assist from Marchand and I am fine with a no call.   The Jackets controlled the puck for the rest of OT, and finally Cam Atkinson snapped a Wrist Shot through the arms of Tuukka Rask.

He’s absolutely 100% gotta stop that.  Be better, Tuukks.  Overall a solid debut for Ryan Donato (weird seeing him in Milan Lucic’ #17) that was dampened by a sloppy finish.  Having lost 3 of their last 5 the Bruins take on St. Louis on Wednesday.  The Blues have surged back into playoff contention the past weeks, and are coming off 2 straight wins.  Going to need a strong bounce back performance, lets go Bruins!