The Boston Bruins made a move for a defenseman late Monday night, but it probably wasn’t one that anybody was quite expecting.
The B’s announced that they’d sent a 2024 seventh round pick to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Providence College defenseman and Franklin, Mass. native Michael Callahan. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound D-man was originally a fifth round pick of the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft and has 13 goals and 66 points along with a plus-23 rating in 134 games while serving as a three-year captain for some very strong Friars teams.
Clearly Boston Bruins scouts have had a good, long look at Callahan this season while watching Bruins prospect Riley Duran play for Providence. As Providence-based hockey writer Mark Divver wrote about Callahan, he’s “a leader and a character kid” and that’s something the Boston Bruins are always on the lookout for when it comes to their organizational depth.
Bruins acquire rights to PC senior defenseman Mike Callahan from Arizona in exchange for 7th round pick in 2024. Franklin, Mass., native has been three-year captain for Friars
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) February 23, 2022
Callahan’s best season was his sophomore year when he posted five goals and 28 points in 34 games for a solid Friars team that had New Jersey Devils winger Tyce Thompson among others on the roster.
It will be interesting to see if these kinds of lower-level trade talks lead to anything greater between the Boston Bruins and Coyotes as Arizona is expected to big time dealers at the deadline with players like Jakob Chychrun and Phil Kessel as possible trade chips that could be moved during next month’s NHL trade deadline. But it certainly can’t hurt that Bruins GM Don Sweeney and Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong have open lines of communication as Arizona readies to play a key role for a lot of playoff teams looking for reinforcements.