Bruins' acquisition of Horton intensifies Spezza speculation

At least we know Jason Spezza won’t be going to the Florida Panthers.

As the trades begin and speculation is everywhere leading up to Friday’s National Hockey League entry draft in Los Angeles, the Panthers shipped power forward Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins in a package that saw defenceman Dennis Wideman and the Bruins’ 15th overall selection go to Florida.

To flip or not to flip?

The chances of the Edmonton Oilers flipping their No. 1 overall pick to the Boston Bruins for their No. 2 selection at Friday’s NHL entry draft are about the same as Sheldon Souray being an Oiler this fall.

Very unlikely.

But Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is all ears should his Bruins counterpart, Peter Chiarelli, come up with a proposal so that the Boston GM gets his man, presumably winger Taylor Hall.

If the Oilers decide they like centre Tyler Seguin better — a recent Journal poll had it split 50-50 on the Tyler vs. Taylor debate– then maybe Tambellini can squeeze the No. 15 overall pick out of the Bruins to lay off Hall. Or how about winger Blake Wheeler? What about Finnish forward Mikko Lehtonen, one of Boston’s best prospects?

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Horton has been traded to the Bruins!

Details have not been released yet but Nathan Horton has been traded to the Boston Bruins. This is not public yet but that will change soon.

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To Boston:

To Florida
- Dennis Wideman , 15th overall pick, undisclosed pick.