Monday, October 19, 2009

Latest Maple Leaf rumours

According to the Ottawa Sun, the Florida Panthers are trying to trade young forward Nathan Horton, who has just two goals in six games this season. Horton, 24, had a poor season last year and isn't off to a hot start this season.

It has been widely reported over the last few seasons that much like Jay Bouwmeester, Horton isn't entirely fond of playing in South Florida and would prefer to play elsewhere. Horton, who has a $4 million cap hit, was drafted third-overall by the Panthers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

That brings us to the Maple Leafs. You could say that their top six forwards are on the puny side except for Ponikarovski. Horton is 6'2" and 230 lbs which is the kind of dimensions that Brian Burke is looking for in a power forward. Most of these rumours are just idle speculation but if Horton is being shopped around, Burke will be kicking some tires. Too bad he's out of first round picks for half of his tenure with the Leafs.