Briefly before he left due to some of his teammates getting booted from the team. So he left and played at St. John in the QMJHL. Did well there on a super loaded team and went to the Memorial Cup.
Good for him. I don't think he was a negative part of the locker room. In fact, that's kind of the sad part in it all. He probably needed a change of scenery but he wasn't a part of the culture problem as I see it with this club. It probably won't change anything for the Wild.
I hate the deal from the Wild perspective, I have said in here many times that I felt they have misused Coyle his entire career, they never let him settle into a role, be it a winger or a center or top six or third line or whatever, they bounced him up and down the lines and multiple positions willy nilly. Of course that is probably what Boston found alluring with him, his versatility so there is that.
The return is underwhelming, Donato is a meh player, soft and one dimensional he
Jesus! MN fans are such b!tches. Two days ago it was "tear this team apart." Today its complaining that pieces of this garbage core is being tore apart. I read that no one on this roster was worth a bag of pucks, then Fenton gets you 2 bags of pucks and you f-ing whine about it.
So which is it? A roster full of trash or a roster full of gold?
I really like the way Fiala and Donato put pressure on defenders by aggressively attacking high danger areas. Both are able to make plays at full speed. Love Granny, but his M O was to slow the game down to create scoring chances for others, rarely himself. And most of all, Donato and Fiala have displayed a goal scorers mentaility..... not passing up quality shooting opportunities. Both have outstanding releases. Whether they become top notch finishers remains to be seen.
This Donato for Coyle trade is beginning to look like a real steal. Against NYI a goal was taken away from him, and he got two passes, both of which came about due to his ability and mentality of shooting hard. I haven't been able to really watch his defending, but if he is anything like his father was, that will not be a problem either.