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Boston Bruins Sign Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner To New Contracts

Charlie Coyle

The Boston Bruins announced Wednesday evening they signed forward Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner to multi-year extensions. Coyle’s contract is a six-year extension worth $31.5 million that carries an annual value of $5.25 million. While Wagner signed a three-year extension worth $4.05 million that carries an annual average value of $1.35 million.

Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner Sign New Extensions

Ever since being traded to the Bruins from the Minnesota Wild during the 2018-19 season, the East Weymouth, Massachusetts native has thrived for his hometown club. In 21 regular-season games with the Bruins last season, he produced two goals and four assists. However, it was in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where Coyle would shine. Coyle was one of the Bruins top scores en route to the Stanley Cup Final. In 24 playoff games, Coyle had 16 points (nine goals tied for the team lead and seven assists).

Originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2010, Coyle’s career spans eight seasons. He has played in 524 games recording 262 points (98 goals and 164 assists). He has also added 31 points (16 goals and 15 assists) in 68 postseason games.

Like Coyle, another Massachusetts boy staying home is staying close to home. Wagner, a native of Walpole, Massachusetts signed with the Bruins prior to the 2018-19 season. In his first season with the Bruins, Wagner played in 76 games recording 19 points ( 12 goals and seven assists). He also added two goals in 12 playoff games for the Bruins last season.

Wagner was originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his six seasons, he has played for the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, and the Bruins. In 273 games, he has recorded 53 points (30 goals and 23 assists). He also added five goals in 33 postseason games.

Looking Ahead

The Bruins were lucky to sign two key pieces to line up before the summer. Now the team can concentrate on defenceman Torey Krug. Coyle is an ideal fit for the Bruins. He can play centre or on the wing. Currently, with Patrice Bergeron, Coyle has shifted to the wing on a line with Jack Studnicka and Jake DeBrusk. But once Bergeron does come back, he could find himself playing centre again. The Bruins are lucky to have a player that is so versatile.

Wagner, on the other hand, is a depth signing. He found success last year on the fourth line. Wagner along with Joakim Nordstrom and the departing Noel Acciari made the Bruins fourth line one of the best. With Accairi gone, Par Lindholm and Brett Ritchie have taken turns centering the fourth line. The Bruins pride themselves on having depth. Keeping a guy like Wagner around will help that cause.

Just like the NFL counterparts the New England Patriots, the Bruins always get players to sign team-friendly deals. These deals allow the Bruins to be successful for many years to come.

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