Horton ready to help a playoff team
|06.22.10 at 4:36 pm ET|
New Bruin Nathan Horton, who has been a 20-goal scorer in every season since 2005 and had 31 in the ’06-’07, said on Tuesday that he is determined to be a 30-goal scorer with the Bruins. Calling them a “stable, historic, and successful franchise,” Horton said he wants to be a difference-maker on a team that is no stranger to the playoffs.
“Definitely,” Horton said when asked if he is putting pressure on himself to make the Bruins the winner in a deal in which they shipped Dennis Wideman and two draft picks to the Panthers in exchange for Horton and fellow winger Gregory Campbell. “That’s what my goal is and I think it’s definitely reachable. I’m going to try my best and I’m very excited to wear the Bruins crest on my chest. I’m just very excited to be there. It’s a new opportunity and a new home and me and my family are just ecstatic right now.
“This is what every kid dreams about,” Horton added. “To be on an Original Six team and play for the Boston Bruins. I think if you’re a young kid and you’re coming in, it’s a dream come true.”
The real dream come true, at least for Horton and Grgory Campbell, with whom he was acquired, will be to finally make the playoffs. Having both played their entire careers thus far in Florida, neither has gotten a chance to make it to the playoffs. Though the Bruins finished dead last in scoring last year, Horton still clearly identifies the move as a refreshing upgrade and is excited to work with the offense.
“I do know who they have on their roster,” Horton said. “‘¦ They have so many great players and I’m just very excited to play with a lot of them. Hopefully if I can just give it all I’ve got I think they will be good. Just for me to help out and be a little piece of the puzzle, hopefully it gets us to where we all want to be.”