Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell are Panthers no more. Recent news confirms that the two forwards are shipping up to Boston in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman, their 2010 15th overall draft pick, and their 2011 third-round pick.
Horton will bring some scoring with size that will compliment Center Marc Savard.
The 25-year-old has played 422 regular season games and earned 142 goals and 153 Assists for 295 point so far in his young career.
He is a 20+ goal scorer for the past 5 seasons and had a career-best 31 goals and 62 points back in the 2006-07 season.
Last season, he tallied 57 points in just 65 games. he was en route to easily top his points best but was injured back in January by then-teammate Dennis Seidenberg's slap shot. The two will be playing as teammates once again.
At 6'2" and 215 lbs, he will be a valued addition to the Bruins.
Greg Campbell played 60 games last season and his career totals are 85 points in 363 games.
Dennis Wideman completed his third year as a Boston Bruin and, in my opinion, was unfairly targeted by the Bruin faithful as someone to get rid of. While Wideman did have an off-year, most Bruin players with the exception of Bergeron, Krejci, Chara, and Recchi didn't produce stellar numbers either.
As a defenseman, however, having a plus/minus of -14 is not a favorable number for that position.
Boston gains some scoring grit at the forward spot while Florida gets some added defensive capability they have lacked in the past few years.
Horton told the Miami Herald, "I think it's time. It's been a great time in Florida, but it hasn't worked out well for anyone who has been there the past couple of years. It might be good for change.''
Horton went on to hint a little frustration over not having made the playoffs. "I'm not saying anything bad about the organization, but there have been five coaches in the time I've been there,'' Horton said. "Now, I'm going to a stable, historic organization. I'm going to give it all I've got. I think it'll be good. . . . As a player, the best part of hockey is the playoffs. When you don't make them for seven years or whatever, that's too long. It can't happen. [In Boston], that doesn't happen. It's exciting for me to come and be a part of it.''
Campbell is just as excited to get a chance to play in the post season for the first time in his career. "There's always mixed feelings in a trade and I had a great time in Florida, made some great friends,'' Campbell said. "But I'm excited to be part of the Boston organization. I haven't played in the NHL playoffs yet, so I'm excited to get that chance in Boston. I watched the playoffs pretty closely. It's not fun ending your season in April.''
Boston seems to be on the right track in getting the scoring they need and having players that have yet to play in the post-season might give them the extra incentive to get the job done.
Next on the list is the 2010 Draft and Boston will get either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin with the #2 overall pick. Either pick is a win for the Bruins as these two youngsters have been rated one and two throughout the season.
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