Panthers might trade Nathan Horton soon – Sabres interested?

Agent says ‘there’s a very good chance’ Panthers winger will be dealt

Nathan Horton’s agent said Wednesday he believes “there’s a very good chance” the Panthers right winger will be traded before or at the draft next weekend in Los Angeles.

“It would not surprise me at all if he’s dealt by the draft,” Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka said, adding that Horton’s aware of the possibility. “If it happens, it happens.”

Krepelka said he spoke with Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon after Tallon’s hiring and noted, “he likes Nathan as a player, but no one’s untouchable.”

According to league sources, several teams are interested in Horton, who has three years left on a six-year, $24 million contract extension signed with the Panthers just before the 2007 draft. Horton’s no-trade clause won’t kick in until July 1, Krepelka said.

Horton , 25, has the second-longest tenure with the Panthers, who drafted him No. 3 in 2003. He finished second on the team with 57 points (20 goals) this past season despite missing 17 games with a broken leg. His goal totals have declined each season since a career-high 31 in 2006-07.

The Sabres, who desperately need a right winger, have serious interest in Horton , and could in return give the Panthers the top-two center Tallon desires in Derek Roy or Tim Connolly.

Roy, 27, had 26 goals and 43 assists in 80 games last season and like Horton has three years left on his contract at $4 million a season. But at 5-foot-9, 188 pounds, he’s smaller than Stephen Weiss and Tallon said he wants a big center to help Weiss.

The Sabres, who envision Horton playing on a line with Roy and Thomas Vanek, would be more inclined to part with the 6-1, 191-pound Connolly , 29, who had 17 goals and 48 assists in 73 games last season and has one year remaining at $4.5 million.

Horton was having one of his best seasons before the injury in January and coach Pete DeBoer praised his play at both ends of the ice. Inconsistency has plagued Horton throughout his career, but his immense talent and 6-2, 215-pound frame have kept him on other teams’ radars the past few seasons.,0,529718.story

19 Responses to Panthers might trade Nathan Horton soon – Sabres interested?

  1. leafstime says:

    Hanson, Exelby and a fourth round pick for Horton.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    keep your day job and forget your career as a comedian

  3. nordiques100 says:

    i am a bit surprised Tallon doesnt want to keep this guy. Maybe he can turn things around.

    Then again, Deboer may be fed up with him. And Horton too may simply want out.

    But Tallon is a good GM and maybe there is actually hope in Florida.

  4. phillyfan1219 says:

    big miller fan here, derek roy is a good centre but should truely be a #2… connolly is very good offenseivly but not very physical aka not playoff material, in my opinion look to see a connolly and stafford trade to florida if they're serious about horton

  5. phillyfan1219 says:

    oh and not only is connolly not locked up long term, but stafford is a young forward with good offensive upside, but buf would need another winger along with horton, maybe someone like dvorak or something

  6. leafmeister says:

    I dont know. Everything he says is pretty funny.

  7. KingCanada says:

    Its ashame they dont want an offensive defenceman since its the only trading chip the Leafs have.  I would love to see a Kaberle/Horton swap however I do realise how unlikely it is…

  8. mojo19 says:

    The Leafs and Panthers have a good history of trades with the Panthers in the last year and a half, swapping Wade Belak, Chad Kilger, Bryan McCabe, Mike Van Ryn, and many draft picks.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Wouldn't it be something if Regier could pull of a Connolly for Horton swap, (maybe with the Sabres adding a guy) and move Pominvillle for Kaberle (maybe a sign and trade, or the Sabres throw in their first round pick if Kaberle signs and extension.) I think the Sabres would have a hell of a team and take the division.

    Vanek – Roy – Horton
    Hecht – Gaustad – Stafford
    (UFA) – Kennedy – Grier
    Gerbe – Ennis – Kaleta

    Kaberle – Myers
    Rivet – Tallinder or Lydman (1 re-signed, 1 walks)
    Montador – Sekara


  10. KingCanada says:

    Ya no kidding!  3 recent trades..  But really we dont have any good picks this year (well nothing that can compensate for Horton)

    All we can offer that has substance is…

    62nd overall pick
    and prospects (all should be made available except Kadri)

    And again they want immediate help…too bad they cant be convinced to take something like…

    62nd overall, Philippe Paradis, Mikhail Stefanovich

    But I doubt they would..

  11. KingCanada says:

    Ya they won the division last year…can you imagine if they could actually score next year??  They already have a wall in the net but to be able to score on a regular basis would put them over the top!

    Maybe they can add Derek Boogaard as well…if my memory serves me well there a pretty soft/small team!

    Cant say Id be too happy seeing those trades being a Leaf fan lol…  But Id love to add Pominville in retrospect!

  12. Kev_Leafs says:

    If Kulemin was involved in the trade something might happen.

    I would love it if Grabovski was a crucial component a trade for Horton, but I don't see anyone taking him.

  13. reinjosh says:

    I think he just wants to start over. Basically only Markstrom, Kulikov, Booth are safe.

  14. KingCanada says:

    Ya I wonder if the Cats would do something like..

    Grabovski, Kulemin, Stefanovich

    For Horton…

    That would be something I could live with!

  15. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Buffalo pulls off that trade it would be like Leeman for Gilmour…..not a chance thats happening.

  16. mojo19 says:

    Pominville has got some sweet hands.

    And ya, i wouldn't like it either, the Sabres have a pretty young core. If they could add some size up front and a bit more skill on the backend, with their goaltending, they'd be contenders.

  17. pezzz123 says:

    To New York Rangers : Tim Connolly

    To Buffalo : Michal Roszival, 2nd rounder

    To Florida : Drew Stafford, Steve Montador, Luke Adam, 4th rounder

    To Buffalo : Nathan Horton

  18. futurebruin says:

    Sources tell that Horton is close to being dealt to Boston.  Also says that the Panthers could very well accept a different offer than the one from Boston, but Horton himself apparently believes he's very close to being a Bruin.

  19. futurebruin says:

    Sources tell that Horton is close to being dealt to Boston.  Also says that the Panthers could very well accept a different offer than the one from Boston, but Horton himself apparently believes he's very close to being a Bruin.

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