Donato had nine points (six goals, three assists) in 34 games with Boston this season but was reassigned to Providence of the American Hockey League on January 28.
A lot of the decision-making obviously weighs on whether the Minnesota Wild are actually in the market for rentals and a potential play-off run or whether they're to the point of cutting their losses and focusing on rebuilding ahead of next season. The 22-year-old, who was selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 56) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 46 NHL games.
The 26-year-old was told on Thursday he had been traded, but it was unclear initially where he was going. He had such a great start to his career but hasn't been as productive this season. So if the long-term plan is to make him the third-line center, they'll have to deal with inconsistency in that area of his game. That's why it shouldn't surprise anyone if Coyle starts there. The B's still have enough assets to make another (and perhaps more impactful) trade, but will they meet the high asking prices across the National Hockey League?
One of those three players would give the B's a legitimately better chance of reaching the Stanley Cup Final - a road that would likely include a tough playoff series against the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning.
The trigger has been pulled in Minnesota; now we wait to see how many more bullets new GM Paul Fenton is willing to use before the trade deadline closes on Monday.
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