Charlie Coyle on Bruins’ intention to keep him at center: ‘It’s really big for my game’

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Between the final six weeks of the regular season and the subsequent three months of playoff action, Charlie Coyle isn’t exactly viewed as one of the new guys in the Bruins' locker room anymore.

And yet, despite logging 45 total games last season in Boston, the 27-year-old forward does find himself in a bit of uncharted territory this month — taking part in his first training camp with his hometown club.

Aside from some slight variances when it comes to off-ice conditioning and the practices and drills that are tailored to each coaching staff, most NHL camps follow a similar routine, from the first days of conditioning work to the gradual trimming of the roster in anticipation of early October hockey. 

Coyle has gone through the preseason gamut eight times since turning pro in 2012, but this specific three-week stretch in September is anything but routine for the Weymouth native.