Nathan Horton To Bruins? Maybe

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Nathan Horton: Soon To Be A Bruin?

The Bruins might finally have that big right wing they’ve been searching for.

James Murphy at NESN is reporting that Peter Chiarelli might be on the verge of acquiring RW Nathan Horton from the Florida Panthers for an as yet to be determined price in return.

While the parameters of the trade are unclear at this point, a very reliable source told NESN.com on Friday that the Bruins are closing in on a trade with the Florida Panthers that would see them acquire winger Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall by the Panthers in 2003, but in six NHL seasons, has cracked the 30-goal plateau only once and — in the eyes of fans and media — failed to reach his potential and use his 6-foot-2, 229-pound frame properly.

There were no specifics on what else may come to Boston in the deal or what the return would be to Florida, but it has been well documented that Chiarelli would love to move into the top 5-7 picks overall to get one of the top defensive prospects available, so this could be a package deal involving roster players and picks.

According to this source, who stressed the Panthers were talking to numerous teams about Horton and could still accept another offer, “the parameters” of the possible trade were still being worked out as of late Friday afternoon, but “Horton believed he could be very close to being a Bruin.”

Unlike the Savard/Wheeler deal to Columbus, this one might pass the sniff test. A reliable source, a willing trade partner, a player that’s probably in need of a change of scenery and a team (the B’s) very much committed to improving the team, and making a splash, via the trade market. It just feels more realistic. Don’t be surprised, though, if Blake Wheeler is still one of the names from the Boston side. Or, if there are high picks involved, as rumored, I wonder if if Patrice Bergeron might be in the mix. The B’s are going to need to move a center if they do indeed end up with Tyler Seguin as it currently seems will be the case and Bergeron might get the job done.

I have to say I like this one. Horton is big at 6′-2″, 229 lbs. and plays a fairly rugged style. He scored 20 goals and 57 points last season playing for a miserable team and one wonders what he might do with a world class center like Marc Savard, David Krejci or Seguin playing pivot for him. He has totaled as many as 31 in a season and was drafted 3rd overall in 2003, so the man has some skill for sure, and only just turned 25 a few weeks ago. His career totals are as follows.

  • 422 games, 142 goals, 153 assists, 295 points, + 27 and 382 pims.
  • Sounds like a Bruin to me.

    Little taste of Horton in one of his HGW moments, just for fun:

    Stay tuned because, if multiple picks and players are involved and this thing grows, we could be seeing a blockbuster of sorts here.

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    2 Responses to “Nathan Horton To Bruins? Maybe”

    1. nightfly Says:

      It would be a good trade for you guys, I think. Horton’s got a great future. This means yet another Florida rebuild, and handled with the typical Florida aplomb: dribs and drabs, not all at once. Tomas Vokoun probably feels like he got two-handed in the head again – what does that guy have to do to get run out of town to a good team, where he can finally have some success to go with his skill? One of the five best keepers in the league, seriously, and he’s stuck in that sinkhole. And Tallon says he won’t deal him! The guy is going to be 48 before the Cats are good. What a shame.

    2. Ken Socrates Says:

      Something is going to happen and soon, I think. I don’t remember a time when the Bruins were this active in so many rumours before a draft. Chiarelli is out there trying to make a splash, it seems. Too many goalies, too many centers, a bevy of high draft picks and a shitload of areas that need improvement. Something’s gotta give.

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