Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle underwent two surgeries on his left knee recently and is recovering nicely according to his agent Bob Norton.
“Charlie says he feels so much better already,” Norton told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic.
Charlie Coyle had surgery to repair an avulsion fracture in his left kneecap and a small tear of the patellar tendon. The 29-year-old center is expected to be ready for training camp in September.
Norton didn’t say when Charlie Coyle suffered the injury but clearly, it played a role in what was a disappointing season for the Weymouth, MA native. In his first season of a six-year, $31.5 million contract that carries a $5.2 million salary cap, Coyle scored just six goals and had tens assists in 51 regular season games. The Stanley Cup Playoffs didn’t go any better and one could argue was worse as Coyle struggled with just two goals and 1 assist in 11 playoff games.
Despite playing injured for what appears to have been a solid portion of the regular season and the playoffs, Charlie Coyle made no excuses for his lackluster play.
“I obviously want to produce more and be a better player,” the team’s No. 3 (for now) center told the media during the end of the season Zoom call with reporters. “Stuff happens and sometimes you lose consistency a bit. I just want to be a more reliable player. And if I’m not putting up points, I’m still bringing my game and other elements to my team. That’s what I’ve got to do.”
Coyle’s best stretch of success with the Bruins came during the team’s run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final when he had nine goals and seven assists in 24 games. He provided the Bruins with a solid 1-2-3 punch up the middle behind now captain Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. This past season, however, that depth up the middle wasn’t as effective as the 6-foot-3, 213-pound center struggled to gain traction and towards the end of the season, found himself playing on the right wing of the third line with Sean Kuraly in the middle.