A really big deal
Charlie Coyle was at the center of one of the major trades in Wild history. On draft night 2011 — at Xcel Energy Center — he was obtained from San Jose. Here’s a breakdown of the trade six years later.
San Jose got ...
Defenseman Brent Burns. A pending free agent at the time, Burns was moved partly because the Wild would have faced salary cap issues. He turned out to be a franchise player, won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman last season and sparked his team to a Stanley Cup Final in 2016. The 6-5, 230-pounder also has been marketing gold for the league with his unique lifestyle and Sasquatch-like grooming habits.
The second pick (37th overall) in the 2012 draft. Eventually the pick, traded three times, landed with Nashville, and the Predators took Swedish winger Pontus Aberg. He was a hero in the Predators’ Stanley Cup playoff semifinal series against Anaheim last season. Now 24, he has been in more NHL playoff games (18) than regular season games (15).
The Wild got ...
Forward Charlie Coyle. Coyle was San Jose’s first-round pick (28th overall) in 2010 out of Boston University. He had a career-high 56 points last season.
Winger Devin Setoguchi. Setoguchi scored 31 goals for the Sharks in 2008-09 but struggled with the Wild. He was traded to Winnipeg in 2011 for a second-round draft pick that the Wild used in the Jason Pominville deal. He has acknowledged heavy alcohol use during his career and entered rehab in 2015.
A first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2011 draft. The pick, center Zack Phillips, never played in the NHL. Phillips played with Coyle for Saint John in the QMJHL when he was drafted. His best minor league season was 33 points in 76 games for Iowa. He’s now in England, playing for the Nottingham Panthers.