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Analysis: Florida sends Horton, Campbell to Boston for Wideman, 15th pick, 2011 3rd rounder

Jun 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

widemanandhorton.jpgA moment ago, I shared reports that the Florida Panthers traded Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins. Here are the details, via Steve Gorten of the Florida Sun-Sentinel. (Salary cap information from the always-reliable

Bruins receive:

Nathan Horton, forward. ($4 million cap hit)

Greg Campbell, forward ($762,500)

Panthers receive:

Dennis Wideman, defenseman. (about $3.94 million cap hit)

No. 15 pick in 2010 draft

Third round pick in 2011

My analysis: Advantage – Bruins

From Boston’s perspective, this has to be a big win. They rid themselves of a questionable contract in Dennis Wideman in exchange for a disappointing, but promising forward in Nathan Horton. He will provide the Bruins with a much-needed spark on the right wing, plus his physical play should be a big hit in Beantown. He’s also two years younger than Wideman.

Campbell isn’t a huge difference maker, but he was one of the NHL’s most frequent hitters. With Horton, Campbell and Milan Lucic, the Bruins are as “big and bad” as they’ve been in years.

While the idea of a Panthers blueline featuring Bryan McCabe and Wideman sounds like a comedy of errors, the deal isn’t a total hose-down for Florida.

With Boston’s 15th pick, Copper & Blue astutely points out the treasure trove of picks the Panthers own in his year’s draft; new GM Dale Tallon now has the No. 3, 15, 33, 36 and 50 picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In other words, Tallon has two top 20 picks and five picks in the top 50. Considering how Tallon helped build the Chicago Blackhawks thanks to wise draft picks, fans in Sunrise finally have a … *cough* sunny side to look on, for once.

It’s nice to see a trade in which both teams benefit. The Bruins improve their short-term outlook and yet will still have a bright future since they have the No. 2 pick in the draft (thanks, Mr. Burke!) while the Panthers cut ties with a promising but frustrating player while positioning themselves to overhaul a roster that couldn’t quite make it to the playoffs.

Who do you think “won” the trade, Boston or Florida? Please vote in the poll below.


Who won the Nathan Horton/Greg Campbell for Wideman, 15th pick and third rounder in 2011 trade?
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers


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  1. Doug - Jun 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    A great trade for the Bruins, but they do lose a good defenceman. Where will they get another? Perhaps a trade with the Leafs? Kaberle for Wheeler and the newly acquired Campbell (or Shawn Thornton?)

  2. JP - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Bruins dont need another d-man, as long as they resign boychuck and stuart, that will leave them with 6 that played enough in the NHL last year, and Adam Mcquaid as the 7th. Along with many decent prospects in the AHL ready for a chance.

  3. brian - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    GREAT trade for the Bruins, just look @ the +/- differential between Wideman & Horton. That’s a great move for the B’s.

  4. jeff - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:42 AM

    ” He will provide the Bruins with a much-needed spark on the right wing, plus his physical play should be a big hit in Beantown.”
    Lol, do you even watch hockey? What physical play are you talking about? The 34 hits he recorded last year? The guy can score goals but he’s softer then big boy Ponikarovsky, who records more hits and just as much goals as Horton for less money. Campbell does throw a lot of hits but I doubt opposing players are shaking in their boots when he hits the ice. Bruins are no “bigger and badder” then they were before the trade.

  5. MP - Jun 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    As an avid Bruins fan who misses very few games, I say “See Ya , Wideman”. Last season he made so many big mistakes that actually directly led to the Bruins losing games. He was a liability on defense. Yes, he certainly had a very good playoffs, but too many mental and physical mistakes during the regular season.
    Bruins next trade hopefully will involve Blake Wheeler. Anybody want a big body that can’t find the back of the net even if he is inside the goal?

  6. Jim - Jun 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    “He will provide the Bruins with a much-needed spark on the right wing, plus his physical play should be a big hit in Beantown”
    Are you kidding me? Who is James O’Brien and how did he geta job writing for ProHockeyTalk?
    Horton plays alot like Olli Jokinen. Yes he scores some goals, but he is heartless! He avoids contact. He will infuriate knowledgeable Bruin fans.
    James O’Brien, you are F_ _ _ _ ing Idiot!

  7. Brady - Jun 26, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    I had to laugh too when I read that! Horton plays like the cowardly lion, and Craig Janney hit people as often as this kid. How did this guy get a job writing about hockey? Maybe he got an “A” in journalism school, but he has never seen an NHL game. He just read that the kid is 6’2 229lbs and assumed he was a physical player. LMAO What a joke.

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