Nathan Horton Could be Sneaky Pickup for Vancouver Canucks

By Andy Schmidt
Nathan Horton
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This has been an offseason of transition for the Vancouver Canucks. They will be getting a new head coach sooner than later, and I’m sure they will be looking at some free agents to put alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

I have an idea for the team to put together a terrific top line — Nathan Horton.

He could be put right into the top line at right wing alongside the Sedins. It seems almost too easy to pull off even with the salary cap going down. The Canucks have a real chance to break through and actually win a title within the next two or three years before the Sedins retire. Cory Schneider is solidly in net now as the starter. Horton has been unreal in the postseason with 19 points in 21 games so far. It is a perfect match.

We will need to see if Horton actually makes it to free agency though, since I’m sure the Boston Bruins will do everything they can to re-sign him or trade him elsewhere.

Vancouver’s major problem this season was in the scoring department outside of the Sedins. Horton would be a very solid third scorer and even if the team moved him to the second line, he is a player that the team must consider to improve the offense. It’s time to make a bold move to bring home the Stanley Cup once and for all before the team’s anchors become too old to be major contributors.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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