Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner both earned monikers of “The Mayor of Weymouth” and “The Mayor of Walpole” from their teammates. Their peers will continue using those alias’ after providing their signatures on new documents
On Wednesday, just hours before puck drop in Ottawa, the Bruins announced contract extensions for Coyle and Wagner. The former signed a 6-year extension worth $5.25 million per season, while the latter inked a 3-year deal at $1.35 per year. Both deals will take effect at the start of the 2020-21 season.
“We are the product of the depth of our club. And Charlie and Chris, we’re excited to have them for the foreseeable future,” GM Don Sweeney told reporters prior to the second Bruins-Senators tilt of the regular season.
“They’re so ingrained in the community of Boston as well. They’re hometown guys, but they clearly want to be here. They understand the pressures of playing with the Bruins and they’re really good teammates. So for us, it was a really good fit and we’re really excited to have them.”
Coyle and Wagner fit the Bruins’ mold. The two hometown boys have put their footprint on this organization over the past year and a half. Wagner’s arrival as a free agent last season helped solidify Boston’s fourth line, while Coyle’s versatility provided a needed spark in the middle of the lineup after coming over from Minnesota at last year’s trade deadline.
The hometown duo remain key cogs during the hot start of the 2019-20 season. And now they can settle into their digs and not have to worry about inking new deals until 2022-23 (for Wagner) and 2025-26 (for Coyle).
Thus, the dreams continue for the former South Shore Kings standouts.
“I’m pumped to get [the deal] done and not have to worry about it now,” said Wagner, last year’s 7th Player Award winner. “Obviously I wanted to stay and I think that was pretty apparent.”
Wagner had plenty of time to settle into the Bruins’ culture last fall. Coyle didn’t.
Quite frankly, Coyle didn’t know what to expect until he met the team in Vegas in late February. But the former Boston University product found his spot and acquainted himself with the tight-knit Bruins’ locker room. His viable presence will only grow — both on and off the ice — heading into the new decade.
“I remember meeting the guys in dinner at Vegas one night. That’s where I first met the team,” Coyle told the media.
“I started to get a glimpse of what they’re all about and that’s something I wanted to be a part of…and continue to be a part of. And then from then on out, just everything we went through [during last year’s playoff run] getting to know the culture and the organization as a whole that just solidified it. And then going into this year, starting from scratch at training camp and all that and talking it over a lot, thinking about it…yeah it just checks all of the boxes.”
Coyle, Wagner and the rest of the Bruins have one big box they want to check off at season’s end. Their hometown supporters will celebrate accordingly if they accomplish that task in June.
For now, Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner are thankful that their new deals came at an appropriate time.
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