However, after listening to Gregory Campbell
and Nathan Horton
, its clear that the trade that sent the two Floridians to the Boston Bruins might just be the trip of a lifetime and they are ready to endure the cold in order to play hockey in the spring.
"There always mixed feelings in a trade," said Campbell on Tuesday. "I had a great time in Florida, I made some great friends."
But change can be good.
"I am really excited to be part of the Boston organization, it’s a great team, and unfortunately I haven’t played in the NHL play-offs yet," said the forward. "So, I’m looking forward to doing that with the Bruins and being on a winning team, a winning organization and an even better city."
"It’s been a great time in Florida," he said. "[But] I think it’s going to be good for a change and I think obviously it’s going to be good for me and Gregory.
"As for Boston I think I’m very excited," continued Horton. "I think everybody knows they have such great players and such a great team year after year.
"I think it’s just so stable and historic I just think it’s a very successful franchise and I’m happy to be a part of it."
Stable might not have been the word that B's fans would have used at the end of last season, what with the inconsistent play that was a characteristic of the 2009-10 Black & Gold and the heartbreaking ending to the playoffs.
|Florida Panthers center Nathan Horton, left, celebrates with center Gregory Campbell after Campbell scored during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) |
But Campbell pointed out that the hockey world can turn on a dime.
"Of course, I watched pretty closely," said Campbell, "You know, there are a lot of strange things that happen in the playoffs. I’m sure not a lot of people thought that a team that made it into the playoffs on the last game of their regular season in a shootout would go to the Stanley Cup finals and almost win.
"It’s the playoffs, there are so many different stories, there are so many different teams and players that step up. I can’t imagine the feelings that the Boston players felt being up three to nothing and being up three to nothing in game seven. I’m sure it’s a learning experience for them.
"But I think a lot of people probably counted the Bruins out before the playoffs. For them to get to where they were it was a flip of a coin to get to the conference finals again, I think that’s pretty impressive," he said.
And Horton would like the two newest Bruins to be a factor in next year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"That is the best part of playing hockey is the playoffs," he said. "When you don’t make them for seven years I just think it’s too long.
"I think it’s exciting for me and I think it’s exciting for [Gregory] just to come and be a part of it."