Honestly.....and I'll be blasted for thinking it.....but I would seriously think about a package involving Plekanec.
As Would I. Pleks is great, but only when hes performing is he great. Horton IMO is a workhorse. He reminds me abit of A.Kostitsyn.
Thing is would trading pleks who has experience +roster or picks, for Horton make or break us? We want consistency, and Horton is still coming out of his shell. I agree get him while he hasn't caught fire, so the price is minimal, but still, It is a very risky move in our situation.
Ok so the first thing to do is pull a NY Ranger move.
Say your interested in Horton at all costs. Just like Kovalchuk and Sundin and anybody else of any interest at all. That you may be willing to trade anybody away to aquire Horton so anybody out there that may want Horton better be ready to out bid NYR in a massive overpayment for him. This will of course drive away anybody so NYR can pick up Horton for a 3erd rounder and a bag of pucks.
NYR have been doing exactly this for years now. The big "scare tactic"
Horton is good, I agree that we need this type of player, but right now I'm not ready to change our lineup to get him... Higgins name is surely going to come up but I don't think trading Higgins right now is a good idea.