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Panthers deal Horton to Bruins for Wideman, picks

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BOSTON (AP) -The Florida Panthers traded forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday for defenseman Dennis Wideman, the No. 15 pick in this weekend's NHL draft and a third-round selection next year.

The 25-year-old Horton had 20 goals and 37 assists in 65 games last season. In a conference call with reporters, new Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said Horton expressed interest in a trade.

"He obviously was frustrated with what's gone on in the past and was leaning toward maybe if we could help him out, seeing what was out there for him. And that's how this all began," Tallon said. "We've got to move forward here. We're certainly not in a position to sit still. ... We have a lot of work to do."

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli noted that Horton has already scored at least 20 goals in five straight seasons, including a career-high 31 in 2006-07.

Boston scored only 206 goals last season, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Florida was next with 208.

"Nathan is a big, powerful young man," Chiarelli said. "He is a shooter who plays a power game."

Campbell, 26, played in 60 games with the Panthers last season, posting two goals and 15 assists.

Wideman increased his point total in every season of his career until this one, when he dropped from 50 points to 30 and a career-low six goals.

"Dennis had a terrific three years in Boston. He hit a couple of bumps along the way this past year. This happens sometimes with skill players and their confidence," Chiarelli said. "He rebounded to be one of our best players in the stretch run and in the playoffs. He is a clutch competitor and is one of the best passers in the game."

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Associated Press Writer Sarah Larimer contributed to this story from Miami.

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