Horton: 'I know how good it is here'

BOSTON -- When the Bruins announced on June 22, 2010 that they had acquired forwards Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Dennis Wideman and a pair of draft picks, it was evident Boston got the better of the deal.

The Bruins host the Panthers tonight (7:05) at TD Garden.

Both Horton and Campbell have been important components for the Bruins this season. Horton has 8 goals, 7 assists for 15 points in 16 games. Campbell has played an important role on the team’s energy line, while posting a total of 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 16 games.

Wideman has 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points in 16 games for the Panthers, while compiling a 0 plus/minus rating.

“I think we lost a pretty good defenseman, but that was the price we pay to get a pretty good forward in Horton, and obviously we got Campbell, who many probably don’t see him in the trade as much as they see Horton, but [Campbell] has been a great asset to us.

“I have a feeling it was a pretty good deal for both clubs.”

At the time of the trade, the 25-year-old Horton, who had spent his entire career with the Panthers, said he needed a change of scenery and felt Boston would be a perfect fit. It has been.

“I’m still as happy as ever,” Horton said. “It’s still an unbelievable feeling to be here, and I don’t think that feeling is ever going to go away because it definitely hasn’t stopped.

“Once you’re around it, it’s such a great feeling when you have such great fans that are passionate. We have great teammates and great staff. It’s just a great feeling to be around.

“I know how good it is here, and I’ve said all along that I love it, and can’t get enough of it. For me, it’s been great. I’m so excited every day to come to the rink.”