No shortage of opinions or coverage concerning Nathan Horton in what's become Florida GM Dale Tallon's epic first salvo on the long road to franchise legitimacy. A few thoughts and comments from points far and near among the the tangled interwebs after the jump...
From around the net:
Horton told Tallon maybe it was time for a change.
It's nice to see a trade in which both teams benefit. The Bruins improve their short-term outlook and yet will still have a bright future since they have the No. 2 pick in the draft (thanks, Mr. Burke!) while the Panthers cut ties with a promising but frustrating player while positioning themselves to overhaul a roster that couldn't quite make it to the playoffs.
- James O'Brien, NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk
From the Panthers' perspective, this is new GM Dale Tallon starting the reburbishing of this team. Defenseman Dennis Wideman is 27, and his $3.8 million salary cap hit is in the range that Tallon seems to like. More important, the Panthers pick up the 15th pick to go with the No. 3 they already have. The Panthers aren't close to being done. Tallon is an aggressive manager, and he will rapidly change the look of the Panthers.
- Kevin Allen, USA Today
Horton's value has always been in his potential to become a star when rescued from Florida.
- Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy
There have been some questions about Horton's work ethic, but hopefully it was just a case of a guy wanting to get out of a bad situation in Florida and the new zip code will change his mindset.
- SBN's Stanley Cup of Chowder
Horton has shown he’s knowledgeable when it comes to the greats of Bruins history. Now he has to strive to live up to their standards of work ethic, determination and desire, and live up to the expectations that are being placed on him as a savior for an inept offense.
- Matt Kalman, The Bruins Blog
Tallon had promised us change and delivered quickly. He really likes Wideman, but nabbing the 15th overall pick was huge.
- Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Let's see if the talented Horton responds better to playing in a hockey town than another ex-Panther, Jay Bouwmeester, did in Calgary last year.
- Damien Cox, Toronto Star