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Agent: Horton officially leaving Bruins, wants ‘new beginning’

Jun 29, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

The reigning Eastern Conference champs could have a decidedly different look up front next season.

Shortly after news broke that Boston was shopping Tyler Seguin, reports surfaced that UFA forward Nathan Horton informed the Bruins he wouldn’t be re-signing.

That no offers were exchanged gives a good idea of how far apart the two sides were.

Yesterday, reports surfaced that Horton was looking for a long-term deal that would pay $6 million annually; the Bruins, meanwhile, are trying to get their financials in order to afford Tuukka Rask‘s new deal (which could cost as much as $7 million per) and prepare for Patrice Bergeron‘s contract extension, rumored to be an eight-year deal with a cap hit around $6.5 million.

To that end, the B’s are exploring the option of trading Seguin, who has his six-year, $34.5 million deal ($5.75 million annually) kick in next season.

  1. cowboyjk - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    With concussion and shoulder problems anyone willing to pay Horton $6,000,000 a year needs their heads examined.

  2. dropthepuckeh - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Horton will be greatly missed. His career +/- in the playoffs is insanely good and his ability to turn it up in big games has been incredible. That said, he knows he can prob get $6 million somewhere and with his concussion history he could be one big hit away from retirement. I don’t think either side had any intention of pursuing a deal and the quotes that they wanted to were just posturing to appease the fans and make everyone feel/ look good. Another example where it is both parties best interest to part ways. Sad but reality of the business of hockey, let’s hope they get a big name to fill the void….

  3. chrism516 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I love Horton, but I’m pretty happy we aren’t giving him 6mil/year. Hope he has a good career somewhere else.

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    LOL horton is NOT worth 6 mil a year

  5. dboldave - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I loved him in the playoffs and hopefully he finds a team that will pay him that money and be a contender.

  6. youcallthathockeyblog - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Patrice Bergeron is a massive risk for 8 years…

    • dentals1 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Everybody is a risk for 8 years.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      I’d risk that cash on him over Horton any day.

  7. DED - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Am I wrong to think that this year’s UFA’s should have lower expectations considering that the cap dropped about 10%? Most of the really good teams (this year’s batch anyway) were really pushing the limit of the cap so not too many of them have the money. So these guys have to either accept lower pay for a likely Cup contender or go to a team that didn’t make the playoffs but has lots of cap space.

    • stakex - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Not wrong at all. The Cap fell by 8.5% so one would think future player contracts, and player dollar values would also fall by as much. Doesn’t seem to be happening yet though. In the end, its looking like the guys that will take the pay cup will be on the lower tier.

      Look at the Pens for example. They have already blown a large part of their 2014-15 cap on just seven players. They have to sign 15 guys for about $26 million. So the super stars got their money, and Malkin even got a raise despite the cap drop, and now the 3rd/4th line guys will have to fight over the scraps that are left.

      • jaybaileys - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Malkin’s deal doesn’t kick in until 2014 and the cap will probably go up but your point is well made. These guys especially Letang and Horton sound like they are banking on it rising in the following years and wanting to get paid no matter what. Even Rask, I get he was good but 7 million? Not much of a discount to stay on a winning team.

    • blueballzny - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Not true at all. There are a bunch of teams that either made the playoffs or just missed them, and have a sufficient amount of cap space. Just look at my Islanders. I admit that most of these teams did lose in the first round of the playoffs. My point is that there are some really good teams that only need to sign 1 or 2 guys to become a great team. That’s why this off season is going to be so exciting.

  8. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Given his history of head injuries, you can’t blame Horton for trying to get as much as he can while he can.

  9. ajsjr40 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    With Horton and Jagr gone I am very surprised the B’s would even consider shopping Seguin. Who plays RW? To the best of my knowledge the don’t really have any high on offensive talent on the way.

    • The Hockey Fan - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Well they do in a way. Check out their 2011-2012 season stats. They spread their offense around. They play their system rather than focusing on star-style hockey. They play as a full unit. So yes they don’t have stars but they can put together goals. I would expect a RW in return for Seguin anyway. He was a bust in a way. He gets so many scoring chances and doesn’t finish. Plus they have a few guys they can bring up. Suave put up 4 goals on Rask in their preseason game this year. They also have Spooner and Caron. Caron played the offwing for some off this year and did fine.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Seguin is bust? Alright guy, welcome to hockey, get a clue

      • The Hockey Fan - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I said in a way. He isn’t a bust but he hasn’t lived up to the total expectations. He misses on a lot of chances. His passing has been great. He has taken a major step defensively this year. I am just saying his shooting has been rather average.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        You don’t like his shooting percentage? This isn’t baseball

      • The Hockey Fan - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        I’ve watched him every game for the last two seasons. He missed on A LOT of good scoring chances. He isn’t going to get traded away most likely anyway. I think the b’s are just trying to get trade talk going. Just saying he needs to get more shots to go.

    • cowboyjk - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      TSN reports the Bruins want a high 1st round pick an established player and a prospect for Seguin. The Bruins are also interested in Lecavelier if the price is right.

      • bruins18 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Once I saw lecavelier get bought out I wanted Boston to go after him because I had a feeling Horton wasn’t going to get resigned with all his injuries… That and I just don’t want him going to Montreal or Detroit lol

      • kegmen7 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        If they dont have money for Horton, how could they have money for Lecavalier? And if Lecavalier is going to be that inexpensive, there will be massive competition for his services…

      • bruins18 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Kegmen7, that’s the point I don’t know who he’s going to get picked up by but reguardless he just got paid what is it $32mil to go play somewhere else he’s obviously not going to be looking for a huge contract unless he’s that greedy… Then again maybe he could be that greedy. But I just don’t want him going to anyone in Boston’s division lol

  10. The Hockey Fan - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    As I just blogged about this I will repeat. He is past his prime. However he is a rather clutch player and in the right system can play a great game. I say he can go for 3-5 years 2-4 mil a year.

    • supercoop8 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      I wouldn’t say he is past his prime he is only 28, but his production has never warranted a 6 million dollar per year deal. He will be a thirty goal scorer once out of Boston’s defense first system just like Ryder still in this cap that is only worth 4.5 at most, some team however will ended up paying him 5 million. I’m sure of it.

      • The Hockey Fan - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        He put up some great seasons as a Bruin. He plays to that system. A hard forecheck works for him. Ryder is more or less a sniper who isn’t made for that system.

  11. malkinrulez - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Malkin got a minimal raise, not sure u can compare that what Horton and Letang want. Find me a star player in their prime that takes a pay cut.

    • stakex - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      When he started his last deal, Malkin was coming off three really good years and a Conn Smyth win. During his current deal he has been more up and down. Vanishing at times, and not to mention some struggles with injuries. Nothing he has done in the last four seasons has warranted a raise. That’s not to say he should have taken a pay cut either. His deal should have been the same just like Crosby’s, and while that extra $700k might not seem like a lot… it really is when you consider how little cap space the Pens have to work with.

      The point is, and Malkin was just an example, that star players are all pulling the “If you don’t pay me the max, someone else will” card and too many GM’s are giving in to it. Everyone is so afraid to see a super star walk that several GM’s are blow amazing sums of money on the top of their roster… leaving almost nothing for the bottom. The Pens are just the best example, but they are far from the only one.

  12. narfmoo12 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Ville Leino.

  13. LampyB - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Bruins can pursue Lecavalier but unless he’s a cheap but the last thing the B’s need is another Center with high risk for injury. That and Vinny has no ties to B’s and can go wherever he wants. Just dont see it happening. Especially within the B’s defensive system, his scoring would drop off a cliff.

  14. pastabelly - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Horton may be the most inconsistent player in the NHL. Some fool will pay him $6M. That’s more than either Krejci or Bergeron get. Seguin led the team in scoring in 2012. Keep him.

  15. bigdaddy44 - Jun 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Translation – “I can make more money AND get away from Claude Julian, buh-bye Boston.”

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