The Boston Bruins acquired winger Nathan Horton and center Greg Campbell from the Florida Panthers for Dennis Wideman, the 15th overall pick and a 2011 3rd round pick.
This was a great deal by the Bruins, especially with the cap rising to 59.64 million dollars. Horton will likely play with Savard, and the 3rd overall pick in 2003 has three more years at 4 million left on his deal. I was surprised Ryder was not in the deal, but Wideman became expendable once Seidenberg was re-signed.
Horton is a guy who could thrive with a great center and change of scenery. Peter Mueller anyone? Horton is the type of winger the Bruins needed, and with him and Lucic, look out.
Campbell is likely going to be either flipped in another trade or will play 4th line duty as a PK. Looks like Daniel Paille could be traded or not qualified. He becomes redundant with Campbell on the roster.
This deal looks like a precursor to another deal (Thomas, Ryder) for a puck moving defenseman. More insight to come…