Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Columbus Blue Jackets prized free-agency
acquisition Nathan Horton underwent successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday.
The procedure was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital by Dr. Jon
Warner. Though no recovery timetable was disclosed, an earlier report from the
Dispatch stated that Horton will need 4-to-6 months to heal.
"Nathan's surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery
after completing his rehabilitation program," said Blue Jackets general
manager Jarmo Kekalainen. "Since Nathan joined the Blue Jackets, our medical
team from OhioHealth and team training staff have worked closely with Dr.
Warner and will be actively engaged with Nathan throughout the rehabilitation
The 28-year-old right wing signed a seven-year deal on July 5 worth a
reported $37.1 million.
Horton, a former Bruin, left Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals and did not
return after tangling with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in
front of the Chicago net.
Horton reportedly suffered a left shoulder subluxation on April 20 fighting
with Jarome Iginla, who signed with Boston last Friday after finishing last
season with Pittsburgh. The injury caused Horton's shoulder to pop out of
place at points throughout the playoffs.
Last season, Horton posted 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games. In his nine-
year career with the Florida Panthers and Bruins, the 2003 third-overall pick
has 198 goals and 402 points in 591 games.
Horton helped lead Boston to the 2011 Stanley Cup and put up 15 goals and 36
points over 43 career playoff games.
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