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Boston Bruins Trade For Local Arizona Coyotes Prospect

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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.

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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.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

Yippee ki yi yeah

[…] Bruins signed Callahan after sending a 2024 seventh round draft pick to the Arizona Coyotes for the rights to the player selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry […]

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