Bruins trade Dennis Wideman, acquire Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell
Peter Chiarelli is back, and he's back big.
The Bruins have traded much maligned defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Florida Panthers in exchange for RW Nathan Horton and C Gregory Campbell. The Bruins also sent Florida the 15th overall pick in Friday's draft along with a 3rd rounder in 2011.
Horton gives Boston something it sorely lacked during the 09-10 season -- a winger with the ability to put the puck in the net. Adding Horton along with either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin immediately makes the Bruins' top six forward core loads better than it was, with a combination of Savard/Horton/No. 2/Bergeron/Krejci/Ryder/Lucic/Wheeler/Sturm composing the top two lines.
Though the Bruins gave up the No. 15 pick in this deal, it doesn't rule out the possibility that other pieces are moved to get back into that area of the draft. Rumors have been talked about for weeks about a potential deal involving Boston and Minnesota for the No. 9 pick. Mark Stuart's name has been linked to that deal the most, but with Wideman gone I can see Chiarelli trying to center the deal around Blake Wheeler. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a package consisting of something like Blake Wheeler/Vladimir Sobotka/Boston 2011 1st/No. 45 overall for the No. 9 pick.
So there you have it. The Bruins are better now than they were at this point yesterday, and if the right strings are pulled they could continue to improve leading up to Friday's draft.