Ex-Bruins center Nathan Horton would give the Maple Leafs some valuable Cup final experience. (Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe it’s all those FarmersOnly.com ads that ran in a loop on NHL Network during the playoffs. Whatever the case, I can’t help but think that there are some free agents and teams that would be perfect matches for one another … even if they just don’t know it yet.
I can’t bring them together, but I can point them in the right direction. And I can do it without the help of a talking dog.
With the July 5 free agent frenzy fast approaching, here’s a look at the game’s top free agents and their perfect landing spots.
Nathan Horton — Maple Leafs
Yeah, there’s a big sentimental push to bring home David Clarkson, but Horton is younger (by a year), more experienced and has a better resumé highlighted by significant contributions to a Bruins team that twice reached the Cup final in a three-year span. He’ll likely be more expensive, and he doesn’t bring the same physical element as Clarkson, but he’s also a safer bet. Plus, think of how much fun it would be to stick it to Boston!
UPDATE: Sorry, Toronto. Sounds like Horton’s just not that into you. He’s looking for something a little more low-key, where the media will be less demanding than what he faced in Boston. With that in mind, how about the Dallas Stars? They’re on the rebound after being dumped by Vincent Lecavalier, they’ve got the cap space, and they’re looking to make a splash in free agency to rebuild their credibility in the market.