The Boston Bruins have made a blockbuster trade acquiring Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, and the fifteenth overall pick in this year's draft. Brian Burke was said to be in hot pursuit of Horton but the lack of a first round pick was taken advantage of by Boston.
With Horton the Bruins got a player with size who can not only score but also take away the pressure from other players and clearing a lot of space for them. We all saw that the lack of Phil Kessel sent them from first place in the Eastern Conference to a team lucky to make the playoffs as they simply could not score. As for Gregory Campbell I really don't think Boston wanted him that badly, it may just be someone Tallon wanted to get rid of.
Florida also wins big here as they acquire a somewhat young defenseman in Wideman, Tallon loves building his team's defense first as he built Chicago with Campbell, Keith, and Seabrook. We know this will probably not be the best defenseman on their team in a few years but he is very good. The key to this trade is the 15th overall pick in this year's entry draft. With 2 first rounders they can move up, down, or whatever they want to do. Tallon also gets a third round pick to play with in 2011 and so gets all the draft picks he needs to start the rebuild of the Florida Panthers.
In conclusion I think both the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins win big here. Boston needed a big bodied winger who can score goals, while Florida needed more prospects and defencemen to begin their rebuild. Now I wonder what other moves Florida has up their sleeves as Tallon has already shown himself to be a world class GM, let's see if he can rebuild Florida.
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