Nathan Horton is a top six power forward with impressive postseason stats, and as such could have been one of the summer’s most coveted players if he reached the open market.
Which, it appears, he will.
Horton’s agent informed the Boston Bruins that the winger won’t re-sign before hitting unrestricted free agency on July 5. From Boston.com:
“Pursuant to his rights under the CBA, Nathan has informed the Bruins that he is going to explore his options as an unrestricted free agent,” Paul Krepelka, Horton’s agent, said in a statement.
One expects the Bruins will trade Horton’s negotiating rights to a team during the NHL Draft weekend, which is how these things usually play out. As Bob McKenzie reports, it sounds like this is the end of Horton and the Bruins – and that former No. 2 overall pick Tyler Seguin’s name is in play as Boston looks to either replace Horton or snag a top five pick.