He’s only donned a black and gold sweater for four games, but the whirlwind that followed Charlie Coyle after getting dealt home to Boston is slowly starting to subside.
While he hasn’t etched his name on the scoreboard yet, Coyle is feeling more and more comfortable in his new role as the Bruins’ solution at third-line center, generating a Corsi-For Percentage mark of 60.8 percent — representing a 56-36 edge in attempts for Boston during his 52 minutes of 5v5 ice time.
“I’m going in the right direction,” Coyle told BostonSportsJournal.com last week. “I think I’m getting more comfortable. The new system is coming a little quicker, so it’s becoming more and more natural, which is good. I’m getting my legs too. Settling in with a place to stay, getting better sleep — just everything. It’s all clicking a little better, so I’m feeling better on the ice.”
While the results haven’t quite equated to points on the board for Coyle or his new linemates in David Backes and (primarily) Peter Cehlarik / Joakim Nordstrom, Bruce Cassidy hasn’t had many objections when it comes to what the East Weymouth native has brought to his club — especially from an area of the lineup that has has largely been a black hole all season.