[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.

Comments (6)
  1. Joe says:

    Good riddance Wideman! But I’m a little worried about losing the 15th pick. However, adding these forwards would mean Wheeler could go to the Jackets and we could get the 4th pick, though we’d probably have to give up another player or pick. Who do you think they’d have to package together to get the 4th pick?

  2. Andrew says:

    To columbus?

    probably a setupman or a big center for nash, someone to replace who was going to be drafted, and a pick or two. But with Spezza up for trading, they might be more interested in him.

  3. Mike says:

    Who cares about a 15th pick? There’s zero guarantee of draft picks panning out after you get outside the first 5 – 10. This is a steal of a deal. You get younger with a solid offensive player (20+ G, 30+ A) for Dennis Wideman and a question mark essentially. Additionally, Campbell is fair enough for the penalty kill and is also only in his upper 20s. Good, solid move.

  4. Kevin says:

    They better NOT trade Savard!!! I will get rid of my season tickets.

    1. Jim says:

      feel free to send the tix my way :-) I am in agreeance – do not trade savard he is a 90 point guy – who is gonna replace that?

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