Florida Panthers GM Randy Sexton denied a report last week claiming he was actively trying to trade 24-year-old forward Nathan Horton.
Sexton told the South-Florida Sun-Sentinel "there is no shred of truth" to the report.
However, the Ottawa Sun, which first reported that the news, continues to claim otherwise.
Citing various unnamed league executive, Horton is indeed available for trade, but the Panthers haven't been able to find a suitor willing to acquire his $4 million contract.
It has been widely reported over the last three seasons that Horton, like former Panther Jay Bouwmeester, would prefer to play in a more traditional hockey environment.
Horton, who has just two goals and one assist in nine games this season, was drafted third-overall by the Panthers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
[ From the Editor ]
This is certainly an interesting story. I do know the Panthers have shopped Horton around before. In fact, they've dangled him a few times. What they're looking for, though, beats me. I haven't heard directly, from any of my contacts, that the Panthers are shopping him this season, but it wouldn't surprise me. Of course, Sexton will deny the report, even if it was true. Horton's a 24-year-old stud, who's having a bad start to the season, and the fans love him. If the Panthers do trade Horton (and I personally believe it's more of a 'when' than an 'if'), they could command a solid package in return. The Panthers have never found anyone to compliment his style and a change of scenery could almost certainly get him back to 60+ point form. -- David Pagnotta
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