BOSTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated on Wednesday that the Bruins would like to retain Nathan Horton before he hits unrestricted free agency this summer.
"We told Nathan that we'd like him back if we can work it out," said Chiarelli.
A source close to Horton indicated to CSNNE.com that the power forward will be looking for a 5-6 year deal in the range of $5.5-6 million per year if he hits the open market. Based on his age (28), his production (25 goal-scorer in his sleep), and his ability to truly elevate his game during the playoffs, he should get it.
That same source indicated to CSNNE.com that Horton would likely take a bit less to remain in Boston, provided he's given the term he's looking for in a deal. Horton is comfortable as a supporting player in Boston, rather than the face of a franchise. Plus, he loves playing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, making up one of the best forward lines in hockey.
If a deal can be hammered out within Boston's salary-cap constraints, it would seem to make sense for both sides.