Charlie Coyle: ‘I’ve got to earn’ Bruins’ No. 2 center role for 2021-22 season

David Krejci’s departure from the Boston Bruins has opened a large hole in the top-six forward group.

All of a sudden the Bruins need a No. 2 center, and despite being quite active in NHL free agency this offseason, none of the players Boston acquired are ideal candidates for that role.

All indications are that third-line center Charlie Coyle will be the first forward to get a crack at winning the job Krejci held for about a decade. 

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He’s not going into training camp assuming the job is already his, though.

“It’s an opportunity, right?” Coyle said Wednesday on “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria” as part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. “We have a lot of guys who can play that role, so it’s going to create that inner competition with us, which will make us a better team.

“That’s not my position right now, I’ve got to earn it. That’s my job going in — I’ve got to be the best player I can. So, that’s my goal, is to get healthy, first off, and two, get my game going and be the best it can be. That’s a big role for our team, and I want to be a part in that.”

Coyle has the size (6-foot-3 and 220 pounds) and two-way skill set to be a solid No. 2 center. He also has enough offensive skill for the…

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