Columbus signs Nathan Horton to seven-year, $37M deal
Columbus already made one big move this offseason- retaining Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky with a two-year deal. Now on the first day of free agency, they’ve made another significant transaction.
Landing the player who was arguably the jewel of the free agency class, the Blue Jackets have signed right wing Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1M deal, according to the team’s official website. The deal is front-loaded, with Horton set to receive $30M over the first five years of the pact ($6M/year), and only $3.5M over the last two.
Florida selected Horton with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2003 NHL Draft. He played with the Panthers for six years, before signing a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins as a free agent in 2010. For his career, Horton’s played in 591 games while scoring 198 goals and 402 total points. At 6’2″, 229, he is the biggest forward on the Columbus roster, and will add size, forechecking and a healthy helping of goal-scoring ability (six 20+ goal seasons, one 30+ goal season).
However, the Blue Jackets will have to wait a little bit before utilizing Horton’s services- he’s going to have shoulder surgery in the offseason, and is expected to be out until December, as per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
Nathan Horton will undergo shoulder surgery this summer. Expected to be sidelined until December.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013