Report: Only Giving Up Donato Likely Means Bruins Ready For Deadline Blockbuster.

Published February 21, 2019 at 10:45

The Boston Bruins made some noise on Wednesday night when they acquired Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild. 

Many people were surprised to see the Bruins only gave up Ryan Donato and a fifth round pick. 

While Coyle still has a lot to prove, so does Donato and giving up a fifth round pick doesn't really hurt the Bruins prospect pool. 

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman believes the small package Boston sent Minnesota means the Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney are still gearing up for a bigger move. 

"The cost (to get Coyle) wasn't prohibitive," Friedman said on his "31 Thoughts". "Ryan Donato has the chance to be a good player, but the draft pick is middling at the least. I think there are a lot of other moves the Bruins could make that would cost them more than this. Boston is one of the few teams that could trade a Ryan Donato and still feel their prospect pool hasn't been devastated.

"They could still make another move. I don't look at this as prohibiting them from anything else whether it's (Artemi) Panarin, whether it's (Wayne) Simmonds, whether it's Kevin Hayes. I don't think it changes anything."

"Trading Ryan Donato is not going to prevent them from going after and getting another big fish if they want to," Friedman added.

The Bruins have been mentioned to be heavily into Mark Stone recently as well. 

The trade deadline is 3pm EST on Monday.
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