Boston Bruins hometown hero Charlie Coyle is ready for his rather short summer away from hockey to be over.
The 27-year-old Weymouth, Mass. native is looking forward to the 2019-20 NHL season, and he's set some pretty high standards for himself heading into the upcoming year. Coyle noted that he would like to play a bigger role with the Bruins during the upcoming campaign in a recent interview with NHL Network's Brian Lawton on "NHL Tonight."
"I obviously want to be better for my team," Coyle told Lawton. "You know, the whole contract thing and being unrestricted coming up, yeah it's in the back of your mind and you want to play well but I want to be a better player for the team. I know we have a team that can make another run and I want to be a bigger part than what I was last year and I want to do that right from the start."
"So I'm really looking forward to playing with this team right from the getgo, right from the season start rather than coming in halfway through," said Coyle. "Like I said, we have the team to do something again and I want to be a bigger part of that and make sure I'm doing the right things for the team."
Considering he wants to make a splash with the Bruins this coming season, Coyle needed to put in extra training this summer, and he did just that.
"I took a few weeks off, and then slowly got back in the gym," Coyle said. "You know, obviously you go through body work and make sure you're working properly and fix any aches and pains. Get into the weights and getting stronger, the usual stuff and a few weeks after that I got on the ice mid-July and you start to crank it up a little bit and, you know, make sure you're prepared and work on some things that you need to work on in your game to become a better player this year."
Through 21 games with Boston last season, Coyle tallied two goals and four assists for six points while exploding in the playoffs, tallying 16 points (nine goals and seven assists) through 24 games. With an open roster spot on David Krejci's right wing, the veteran very well could get a shot to prove himself as a top-six forward and see increased ice time before he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the close of the season.
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