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09-07-2013, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by WhiskeySeven View Post
Interesting jibe there with the "as usual".

I think with Seguin and that cap space they used to sign Horton their team developed a style and depth that surpassed their capabilities with Kessel. Kessel wasn't really a gamebreaker at the time of his trade (and I would argue he isn't a bonafide elite player now either) but yes - he was the most talented player involved. However with Horton and Seguin the Bruins got much depth and that's how they beat every team.
Wasn't just the cap space. Boston had to trade their 1st round pick to acquire Horton. There's no way to know for sure if they'd have done this anyway, but it's certainly a lot easier to trade a 1st rounder (#15) when they already had put a prospect in the bank with the #2 overall. Horton was on a good contract, too (6 yrs at $4M).

I have always considered the Horton acquisition as the most direct benefit linking the Kessel trade to the B's cup run.

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