Charlie Coyle left the Terriers at the worst possible time last December to join the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. Coyle had an explosive season with the Sea Dogs (38 points in 23 regular season games, 34 points in 17 playoff games) and now plays for the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s AHL affiliate.
The folks over at Boston Hockey Blog did a great job covering Cissé’s exit, managing to get some quality quotes from a frustrated Jack Parker following the Terriers’ penalty-filled loss to the Eagles at Conte. From Tim Healey’s‘s transcript of the coach’s comments:
I think Cissé’s been planning on leaving for two and a half years . . . He left on good terms with me and I know he left on good terms with every one of his teammates. He addressed his team I think before he even addressed me, he addressed the team and told them that. So it’s not unexpected. He’s a real good kid and a real good character kid. He’s just not happy with — he doesn’t see himself as a third-line, fourth-line guy. He wants to be a first-line guy.
And you know, he’s just not producing. I think he played half the year this year on the first line. And the other half he played on the third line, and he doesn’t have a goal. There’s just not things happening for him.
I hope he does [succeed]. I wish him nothing but the best and I hope he’s a big star and gets to the NHL. It’ll be great for him. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen.
I don’t think it has anything to do with the team. It’s not like, ‘How are we going to replace his goals?’ It has to do with we lost a good friend, we lost a roommate. He lived with three other guys on the team. He’s a real good guy. And he is a terrific kid. So all that and he was really well liked. He’s a real class act, he’s a good representative of this university. And now he’s not here, that’s bad. But as far as the hockey team is concerned, it isn’t [a factor]. Some guys are happy they’ll get more ice time.
With Cissé gone, Sahir Gill will be BU’s first-line right wing. Mike Moran will take Gill’s place as third-line left wing.
— Boston Hockey Blog (@BOShockeyblog) December 5, 2012
This is bad news for the Terriers. Granted, Cissé’s play has been underwhelming this season. Cissé could be a dynamic power forward, but he simply cannot finish; too often, Cissé barrels into the offensive zone with little result, either taking a lousy shot or failing to spot his teammate in the slot.
It’s not Cissé departure that should evoke panic – it’s his replacement. Gill spent 29 minutes in the box last season, and his time on the ice this season has been marred with poor puckhandling, only generating a paltry four points.
Mid-season departures? Penalty trouble? I thought the team turned its back on last season’s failures. Let’s hope I’m not mistaken.