Analysis: Florida sends Horton, Campbell to Boston for Wideman, 15th pick, 2011 3rd rounder

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widemanandhorton.jpgA moment ago, I shared reports that the Florida Panthers traded Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins. Here are the details, via Steve Gorten of the Florida Sun-Sentinel. (Salary cap information from the always-reliable CapGeek.com.)

Bruins receive:

Nathan Horton, forward. ($4 million cap hit)

Greg Campbell, forward ($762,500)

Panthers receive:

Dennis Wideman, defenseman. (about $3.94 million cap hit)

No. 15 pick in 2010 draft

Third round pick in 2011

My analysis: Advantage – Bruins

From Boston’s perspective, this has to be a big win. They rid themselves of a questionable contract in Dennis Wideman in exchange for a disappointing, but promising forward in Nathan Horton. He will provide the Bruins with a much-needed spark on the right wing, plus his physical play should be a big hit in Beantown. He’s also two years younger than Wideman.

Campbell isn’t a huge difference maker, but he was one of the NHL’s most frequent hitters. With Horton, Campbell and Milan Lucic, the Bruins are as “big and bad” as they’ve been in years.

While the idea of a Panthers blueline featuring Bryan McCabe and Wideman sounds like a comedy of errors, the deal isn’t a total hose-down for Florida.

With Boston’s 15th pick, Copper & Blue astutely points out the treasure trove of picks the Panthers own in his year’s draft; new GM Dale Tallon now has the No. 3, 15, 33, 36 and 50 picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In other words, Tallon has two top 20 picks and five picks in the top 50. Considering how Tallon helped build the Chicago Blackhawks thanks to wise draft picks, fans in Sunrise finally have a … *cough* sunny side to look on, for once.

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.

Who do you think “won” the trade, Boston or Florida? Please vote in the poll below.

 

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The next few days could be jam-packed with crazy trade news, so stick with us. We’ll be your guiding light in a scary tunnel of wacky transactions.

Fights, hits and a blown kiss: Stars and Blues get nasty

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Things were getting out of hand between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues on the scoreboard in an eventual 6-1 Blues win.

They were also getting a little raucous on the ice when it was clear that the Stars weren’t going to stage a comeback.

Jamie Benn was whistled for cross-checking Alex Pietrangelo, but it was Stephen Johns‘ hit from behind on Pietrangelo really revved up the violence.

Watch that hit and then the scrum that ensued in the video above, which included a scary display of an angry Ryan Reaves … who got creative at the end.

You may also want the kiss alone, so here it is:

Memo: rough stuff might not work so well against the Blues.

Read about that blowout here.

Blues bombard Stars, go up 2-1 in series

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Sometimes a final score is misleading. In the case of the St. Louis Blues’ 6-1 thrashing of the Dallas Stars, it might just be the start of the story.

Honestly, the most positive thing the Stars can say is “Well, at least it was just one game.”

It was one ugly game, however, and now the Blues hold a 2-1 series lead with a chance to really take control if they can win Game 4 at home.

The Blues dominated just about every category on Tuesday, firing more shots on goal, enjoying better special teams play and throwing more hits. They even blocked a higher number of shots, which often isn’t the case for the squad that carries play.

This leaves the Stars picking up the pieces, especially when it comes to their work in their own end.

Do you put greater blame on struggling goalies Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi or is this more about the Stars’ lax defensive coverage? The scary answer may be “Both,” and the Stars likely know that they need to find answers quickly.

On the bright side for Dallas, it is just one game … and the Blues were searching for answers of their own after Game 1.

We saw the Blues turn things around with these two straight wins, so now the Stars must show that they can gather themselves and play the attacking, out-score-your-mistakes style that got them here.

Granted, they may have to keep an eye out for supplemental discipline after some rough stuff toward the end of the game.

Predators smash Sharks to get back in series

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After a dispiriting 1-0 goal allowed by Pekka Rinne, things were looking bleak for the Nashville Predators for a moment there.

Nashville’s developed into a resilient group, however, and they stormed back for a commanding 4-1 win to shrink San Jose’s series advantage to 2-1.

The Predators saw some of their big names come up huge as the series shifted from San Jose to Nashville.

Pekka Rinne looked sharp following that first goal (and didn’t allow another). Their goals came from James Neal, Colin Wilson, Filip Forsberg and captain Shea Weber.

Weber’s tally was the game-winner, and it was downright thunderous:

Another promising sign: after a struggling to a 2-for-31 clip in previous playoff games, the Predators’ power play went 2-for-5 in Game 3.

Overall, the Predators really couldn’t ask for much more from this win, especially if Colton Sissons is indeed OK after a scary crash into the Sharks’ net.

Things could get really interesting if Nashville manages to “hold serve” with another home win on Thursday.

Stars’ goalie carousel goes around again: Lehtonen replaces Niemi

Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31) subs in for goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in Dallas. The Stars won 6-5. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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It’s pretty tough not to make jokes about the Dallas Stars spending $10.4 million on their goalies at times like these, even if Dallas’ defense should shoulder plenty of blame.

After Kari Lehtonen was pulled from a Game 2 loss, the St. Louis Blues chased Antti Niemi early in the second period of Game 3 after Niemi allowed three goals on 12 shots.

Troy Brouwer‘s 3-1 goal was enough for Lindy Ruff to give Niemi the hook:

Unfortunately for the Stars, Lehtonen got off to a slow start as well, allowing an immediate Vladimir Tarasenko goal.

The Blues are now 4-1 and the Stars are searching for answers … and probably wishing Tyler Seguin was around to help them out-score their problems.