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As part of their introduction to Boston, Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton unveiled their new jerseys at TD Garden this morning alongside Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli. Seguin, who cites Steve Yzerman as his idol, will wear No. 19. Horton has chosen No. 18. The last two Bruins to wear the respective numbers were Joe Thornton and Stephane Yelle.
“It’s a dream come true to come to such a successful, stable, and historic organization,” Horton said. “I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait for it to start. I’m excited to be a Boston Bruin and be part of the Bruin family.”
Chiarelli said he’s been pursuing Horton for over two years because of his size, skill, and shot. Chiarelli said it was important to pull off the Horton trade prior to the draft, because the No. 15 pick included in the deal was a major chip that gave the Bruins the edge over several competing clubs.
“I have taken care of a lot,” said Chiarelli. “I really wanted to get Nathan’s trade completed before going to the draft. There is a lot of activity and a lot of chatter. But what tends to happen sometimes is that things get bogged down or tabled until after the draft. I think that’s what happened there. So it was good to get that deal out of the way. And of course, to add a potential impact player like Tyler is good. So we’ve added one definite top-three forward. Who knows what Tyler will become in the short term? We know what he’ll become in the long term. We’ve taken care of a good part of our business.”
Because of the limited cap space available (the Bruins have committed approximately $54 million, leaving them $5 million under the ceiling), Chiarelli will not be a big player when the market opens on Thursday. Chiarelli said the Bruins will be looking for a No. 3 goalie (they’ve had talks with Dany Sabourin about returning) and a depth defenseman.
* Chiarelli said Marc Savard has not requested a trade. Savard and Tim Thomas remain in play, with Toronto and Philadelphia, respectively, remaining as possible destinations. For now, Toronto is not inclined to trading Tomas Kaberle for Savard.
* The Bruins continue to negotiate with Daniel Paille, who was not tendered yesterday. The Bruins are not allowed to re-sign Paille prior to Thursday.
* Chiarelli said Craig Ramsay’s replacement will come from outside the organization. Doug Houda will take Ramsay’s spot on the bench.