Leafs miss out on Horton

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke can scratch one forward off his wish list of potential trade acquisitions.

The Florida Panthers shipped Nathan Horton to Boston on Tuesday in a deal that netted his former team defenceman Dennis Wideman and the Bruins' first-round pick (15th overall) in Friday's NHL entry draft. The Bruins also get forward Gregory Campbell in the deal.

Selected third overall by the Panthers in 2003, Horton is often described as a power forward, though he has been bothered by injuries the past two seasons and scord 20 goals in 65 games in 2009-2010.

His best season was 2006-07 when he scored 31 goals and 31 assists.

It is unclear the level of interest Burke had in Horton but it was widely rumoured that the Leafs were at least interested in the Welland, Ont., native.

The Bruins were able to get rid of the first-round pick in part because they own the No. 2 selection in the infamous deal with the Leafs that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are ready to make an impact at the draft under the stewardship of new GM Dale Tallon. Florida has the No. 3, 15, 33 and 36th picks overall.


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