When the NHL free agency period opens next Friday, one player who could demand a big contract is Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton. Horton informed the Bruins that he is opting not to re-sign with the team and that he is ready to test the open market.
“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,” Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, said in a statement, via Boston.com.
Horton scored 15 goals and 21 assists during the Bruins postseason run, which went along with his 56 goals and 51 assists during the regular season.
There is a chance that Horton could re-sign in Boston if the team wants to bring back their top winger, but everything seems to suggest that the Bruins will not be willing or able to match the price tag that Horton will demand in free agency.
Many believe that Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci were one of the best lines in the NHL, but now that line has taken a major hit.