[photogallerylink id=28996 align=right] Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman, the Bruins own first round pick in 2010 (15th overall), and the Bruins own third round pick in 2011.
The 25-year-old Horton is a veteran of 422 regular season games and has recorded 142 goals and 153 assists for 295 points in his career. He has tallied 20 or more goals in his last five NHL seasons, including a career high 31 in 2006-07. His career best for points in a single season is 62, which he tallied in back-to-back years in both 06-07 (31-31=62) and 07-08 (27-35=62). Last year, Horton registered 20-37=57 totals in 65 games for Florida. The 6’2’’, 229-pound native of Welland, Ontario was originally drafted by the Panthers in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The 26-year-old Campbell skated in 60 games for Florida last season and registered 2-15=17 totals. He has skated in 363 games in his NHL career with 29-56=85 totals and 312 penalty minutes. The 6’0, 199-pound native of London Ontario was originally drafted by the Panthers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Wideman recently completed his third full season with the Bruins after being acquired from St. Louis for Brad Boyes on February 27, 2007. He recorded 6 goals and 24 assists this year in 76 games played. For his NHL career, Wideman has 46 goals and 119 assists for 165 points in 378 NHL games.