Alternately, if they're also open to dealing Eric Staal and his $3.5 million cap hit and possibly Jonas Brodin at $4.1 million; you've suddenly got a team that can go a little insane with free agents or maybe even offer sheets, given the pickings expected to be available this summer.
"Charlie brings unique qualities to our team - he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed", Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement released by the team.
Donato, 22, hasn't suited up for the Bruins since January 17. He scored as many as 21 goals in the 2015/2016 season.
The 26-year-old has 10 goals and 18 assists while playing in 60 games this season. In 34 games, he has six goals and nine points with a minus-11.
Similarly, it doesn't feel like Coyle would be a guy that's going to work as a goal-scoring winger on the second line with David Krejci. Donato was used sparingly on the National Hockey League roster this season, averaging just 12:30 per night (he was basically a power-play specialist prior to his demotion to Providence), and scored seven goals and 12 points in 18 games for the P-Bruins this season. He's an upgrade over some of the young players now on the roster, but how much more is really up for debate at this point. Boston is one of the few teams that could trade a Ryan Donato and still feel their prospect pool hasn't been devastated.
According to Michael Russo of The Athletic, Coyle was informed he was traded Wednesday before the team's flight.