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Columbus cash-in: Horton, Jackets agree to seven-year, $37.1M deal

Jul 5, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

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Jarmo Kekalainen has made his second significant splash as Columbus GM, inking former Bruins power forward Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal.

The deal carries a $5.3 million annual cap hit and, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Horton will receive $30 million of his salary in the first five years of the deal.

Horton, 28, spent the last three seasons in Boston, emerging as a gifted net-front presence with a knack for coming up large in the playoffs.

During the most recent Cup run, he finished with 19 points in 22 games despite being irked by a troublesome shoulder.

A six-time 20-goal scorer, he’ll immediately upgrade the Columbus offense. The Blue Jackets didn’t have a reliable scorer last season after Rick Nash was sent to New York, though they did improve by picking up Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline.

With this deal, Horton gets a notable pay bump from the $4 million he was making annually on his last deal.



  1. jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Pens re-sign Scuderi. 4 year contract

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      Wrong article, dick head

      • jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        No s**t, diphs**t.

        I was blocked from the main thread by the spam filter.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Good for Horton. Thanks for all the clutch goals in the playoffs. Got no bones to pick with you getting paid.

  3. hockinj25 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Dang Columbus is actually trying to be good. Amazing what can happen when you have a competent GM.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Aren’t they also moving to a division with the Pens, Flyers, Devils, Rangers, etc, or that may be the year after

  4. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Congrats Blue Jacket fans. Attracting free agents now.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      I live in Minnesota and I am now glad that the Bluejackets are out of our division as they are going to have a great team with this signing….
      Good going Bluejackets….
      They should have been #8 to make the playoffs and not the Wild and I am a season ticket holder for the Wild. but the Wild just dont have the good team yet… I sometimes doubt if they ever will, but then I want a new coach….and everyone is agianst what i would like as far as coach. as our coach cost the Wild 7 games with his decisions…
      especially the last game with Edmonton..,,. what a disaster.

      Good luck to the Bluejackets and I will watch your games as you have always played very exciting games.

  5. drewsylvania - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Good for Horty. He wanted out of Boston, and I’m glad the B’s didn’t sign him for that contract. But if last season is any indication, they’re not getting a reliable scorer.

  6. chazxcore - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    It’s good for the league for Columbus to add these signings. I hope it works out. I’m not a huge fan of a player opening saying they want to go to a smaller market. It just brings up negative thoughts about his character but I really hope it works.

    • helladonks - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      because he doesnt necessarily like big cities, alot of media attention, more (possible) distractions, etc?

      • mjvincent125 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        or maybe he’s not into high expectations or accountability for phoning his performance in.

  7. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Horton…great clutch player if he can stay healthy. If the BJs can make it to the playoffs, they will get to see his real value.

    Pity he wouldn’t stay in Boston. I guess we expect a lot. Now he can go back to being invisible like in Florida.

    Hope your gal likes living in Ohio.

  8. loosechange19 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Great signing

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Good for Columbus. They finally have a direction. Kekalainens doing a solid job out there. This really is a coup, atleast in my mind.

  10. jrs45 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    Tammy has 37 million reasons why CB is better to live then Bos lol. Plus it’s closer to Canada lol.

    • thesportsjudge - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      The Hortons live in Florida is what I had heard.

  11. amityvillefun - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I guess he got his one Cup and he’s happy with that. Enjoy the money Horton. Will he play that long injury free? Heck, he’s not even going to be ready for the start of the season!

    Honestly, I wish him well and so do most of the Bruins fans. His move of pouring the “Boston water” onto the Vancouver ice during the 2011 finals was a great moment and he scored some big goals.

    Good luck Mr Horton. Hope you enjoy the hot bed of hockey known as Columbus.

  12. bruinsfan19 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Good for Horty will miss him in Boston playing with Krejci and Lucic. He scored huge goals for us in 2011 now go get paid and help Columbus. Thanks for everything Horty best of luck

  13. greenmtnboy31 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Power forward?

    Watch out for Aaron Rome.

    • spitfisher - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Green mountain boy, please return your pink Ipad back to your sister and stop with the idiot comments DB!

  14. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    By amusing coincidence, the US headquarters for Tim Hortons is just outside Columbus.

  15. hockeyflow33 - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    At least they didn’t overpay…..

  16. hitdog042 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I take it nobody has been to Columbus. The largest city in Ohio. It’s not 1978 anymore. Check your census. I believe it’s the 15th largest city in the USA. In fact it’s bigger than Boston. Morons. Lol.

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