The Bruins have announced that they have struck a deal with the Florida Panthers involving Dennis Wideman and Nathan Horton. The Bruins will send Wideman, the 15th pick in Friday's draft and a 3rd round pick in 2011 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for right wing Nathan Horton and center Gregory Campbell.
Dec 17, 1983
Mar 20, 1983
1st Round Pick in 2010 Draft (15th overall)
3rd Round Pick in 2011 Draft
Nathan Horton posted 20-37-57 totals in 65 games with Florida last season. He has never scored fewer than 20 goals in a season since the has been with Panthers full-time starting in '05-'06. There have been some questions about Horton's work ethic, but hopefully it was just a case of a guy wanting to get out of a bad situation in Florida and the new zip code will change his mindset. Horton is slated to make $4 million with a $4 million cap hit next season and is locked up until the end of the '12-'13 season. According to Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, "Nathan is a big powerful young man. He is 25 years old and has scored over 30 goals once and over 20 goals in five consecutive seasons. He is a shooter who plays a power game."
Gregory Campbell is a bit of a throw-in in this deal. He will likely see time on the 4th line, if the Bruins decide to sign him. Campbell is a restricted free agent right now. The 26-year-old forward finished the year with 17 points (2-15-17) in 60 games. Probably, the best part about Campbell coming to Boston is that his old man will have to excuse himself from disciplinary decisions involving the Bruins. Chiarelli praised Campbell's two-way game and versatility saying, "Gregory is a hard-nosed smart two way player. He is strong in his zone and can play a variety of roles."
Overall, I think this trade makes the Bruins a better team right now. There probably will be some pretty good players left at #15, but most would be a few years away from making an impact at the NHL level. The Bruins desperately needed scoring and Horton can give you a boost in that department. He might not pump in 40 goals a year, but you are pretty much guaranteed that he will score somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 goals. He is also still only 25 years old and has time develop as a player.
From a salary cap standpoint, the deal is a wash. The Bruins moved Dennis Wideman's $4 million contract ($3.85 million cap hit) and the Panthers moved Horton $4 million contract.