June 29, 2013 by Sal Ientile of The Hockey Daily.
According to various reports out of Boston today, the Bruins are ready and willing to make smart deals for their hockey club. General manager Peter Chiarelli is no stranger to big trades so expect something to transpire if he finds the right trading partner.
It was announced today that Bruins RW Nathan Horton has decided to explore opportunities elsewhere. Apparently it’s not about money, Horton wants to change it up. Horton’s agent Paul Krepelka told ESPN “Nathan Horton has informed the Bruins that he is going to explore his options via unrestricted free agency.”
The news of Horton’s decision came only minutes after rumours circulated about C/RW Tyler Seguin’s future in a B’s uniform.
Joe Haggarty of CSN New England tweeted the following earlier today regarding Seguin’s trade status: “Per sources, Bruins are listening to offers for Tyler Seguin this wkend & top-10 1st rounder may be part of return.”
The source is reliable, which leads one to believe that Chiarelli has a very open mind about improving his hockey club. The Bruins have made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2 of the last 3 seasons, making it tough to deal certain players who have proved themselves under pressure. However, in a cap era a good GM will always remain objective and open minded about the future of his team without getting stuck in the past. It will be very interesting to see what happens with the Bruins over the next 24 hours.
The Bruins do not have a 1st round pick in tomorrow’s NHL entry draft. My guess is, like many other teams, they will try and improve their draft situation before the name’s start getting called up to the podium.