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Jackets’ Horton (shoulder) to undergo surgery, out 4-6 months

Jul 9, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT


When the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal on Friday, they did it knowing the rugged power forward would need to undergo shoulder surgery, a procedure that would put him out for a while.

Today, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports Horton will have surgery next week — in Boston, day not yet determined — and be out four to six months.

Horton reportedly has a chronic shoulder injury dating back to his time with Florida. He re-injured it during a fight against Jarome Iginla in April, then tweaked it again during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

Here’s more on Horton’s recovery plans and estimated return, from the Dispatch:

Horton is going to miss at least the first two months of the season while he recovers from shoulder surgery. So the Jackets could be without him for the first 20 or 30 games, maybe more.

When Horton does return, Richards indicated that he and Marian Gaborik — a multiyear 40-goal scorer — would be on different lines, first so they could stay in their preferred spots (right wing) but also to give opponents something to fret about.

Health concerns have been a constant for Horton throughout his nine-year career. While he’s participated in 80+ games in three seasons, he’s also missed 75 games over the last five seasons due to the aforementioned shoulder issues, and a concussion suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver.

  1. amityvillefun - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Good luck Horty. You did a great job for us in Boston and your name on the Cup will always make you a “Bruin” first!

    • bonzopookie - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      until he wins a cup with Columbus…the place he’d rather be. Have fun watching a dismantled team compete for the cup next season. All you losers will be learning about the Blue Jackets real soon!!!! Time for some Columbus hockey 101!!!!!


      • amityvillefun - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Wait for it….


        His name would still be on the Cup first as a Bruin even IF the BJs managed to pull off a miracle and get one during his tenure.

        He bailed out of Boston for three reasons:
        1. High pressure market to succeed
        2. He wanted a “quieter life”
        3. He knew the B’s wouldn’t pay him what he wanted with his injury history

        He has his ring and he is planning on playing it “safe” moving forward. Can’t blame him for putting his health and family first. If making another Cup run was a priority, he would have signed elsewhere.

      • rje49 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        bonzo, I gave you a thumbs up for your dedication to your team… and for some sympathy. Just wake up; you’re dreaming. Also, the Bruins are hardly dismantled. You’ll see.

      • colby7 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Ok bud, I know your team is now a shade above terrible, but please just chill out.

      • east96st - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        To my good friends in Boston – A guide to distinguish true CBJ fans from bandwagon trolls like bonzo.

        1) True Jackets fans don’t believe the Cup is imminent. We’ve been burned by this team too many times. In fact, if the Jackets EVER do win the Cup, we could be there in the front row, seeing the Cup held aloft by a Jackets player, and we would STILL buy the newspaper the next morning to make sure it wasn’t all a dream.

        2) True Jackets fans don’t talk smack. We have no right. Our team has done NOTHING – yet. We give Detroit fans s**t because they live in Detroit.

        3) Even when we are winning and having fun, you can see sadness in our eyes. Watch the games from years past and you’ll understand.

        4) No one trusts a complete CBJ turnaround until Priest is gone. He’s burned us before and, as long as he has McConnell’s ear and trust, he can do it again.

        5) We know enough about hockey to know what Bob did for us in goal in a shortened season may not be real. Remember, Mason looked unbeatable for a short time, too.

        Honestly, I would bet a fair chunk of change that bonzo hasn’t seen more than one or two games inside of Nationwide. This is the kind of idiot that came crawling out of the woodwork for the one playoff series the Jackets ever had. Myself, and other season ticket holders, had a good chuckle at all the “true” fans that filled Nationwide when in the beginning of that same season, you had 5,000 people there. Every city has bandwagon fans and idiots. You’ve just met our bonzo. My apologies.

      • neelyisgod - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Let me guess… bonzopookie is really John Davidson and you also got to pet the penguins

      • thesportsjudge - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        @east96st…What is a “newspaper” that you refer to? Lol

  2. buddysguys - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    BUY HIM OUT!!!!!!!

  3. golfsox78 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I was surprised by the signing and the amount of money. It was obvious he was hurt. To give a guy a contract with chronic shoulder issues and coming off a massive concussion is risky. I liked Horton while he was on the Bruins but I didn’t want them to sign him to a new contract unless it was discounted or had an injury clause, if possible.

  4. dddk722 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    How do you commit this much money and this many years to a guy who NEEDS shoulder surgery now and will miss close to half the season. And then when he is back hes one hit away from being in a dark room for the rest of his life….just very very risky

    • bonzopookie - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      not risky at all…nobody is whining about the re-signing of Patrice Bergeron. The guy is 27 and in his prime. The jackets will be able to use him!!!

      • timsabourin - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        not risky at all? come on man

      • rje49 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        In hockey, when you hit another player, don’t you usually lead with your shoulder? No other part of the torso hits and gets hit as much.

      • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        A SEVEN YEAR deal, at that price, when the Jackets KNEW he’d need shoulder surgery? The GM should be fired. And Bergeron is a far better player than Horton.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Bergeron? Horton’s not even close to him as a player. Of course, we don’t know how much Bergeron will get in an extension.

        Nevertheless, this was an overpay for Horton *before* we found out about the shoulder.

  5. kingcobraman - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    when healthy very effective player, but the injuries are catching up to him and as he gets older I thing he is going to be on the sidelines more than on the ice…a big gamble for the jackets…

  6. bonzopookie - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    can’t somebody at the Cleveland Clinic perform his surgery????? You cannot trust bitter Bostonians with the magnitude of this surgical procedure

    • dropthepuckeh - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Get a clue dude, Boston never made Horton an offer so I would hardly call anyone in Boston bitter about him signing elsewhere. Horton served the Bruins well when he was healthy AND he wanted to play but that wasn’t that often. Fortunately it happened in the playoffs. I wish the best for Horton and know the best medical professionals in the world will take care of his surgery but I wouldn’t count on Horton playing in anything more than 50% of the games he is under contract for. I’d bet the under and this is a good head start on that….

    • psousa1 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Bitter? More like “Thanks for the effort here Horty – you’ll always be remembered for the cup efforts – but not missed”.

      He knows CBJ are not going to win. He went for the cash grab. He has been to two finals won a cup and now he wants to put it on cruise control for awhile.

      Wait until he goes 3-4 weeks and not registering a point. Dissapears for long stretches. Inginla vs. Horton at RW? No contest – Inginla.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        not to mention eriksson in the fold now too….bruins will be just fine.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      If you knew anything about Boston, you’d know that the city has, literally, the best doctors in the world.

    • lordstanley65 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Good Lord…each comment dumber than the last. Thanks for the chuckles after a crappy day at work, Pook.

  7. dboldave - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I haven’t seen one bitter Boston comment here Pookie. I also think 7 years is risky given his prior injury history and his ability to disappear for long stretches during the regular season.

    And a CBJ fan calling the Bruins losers? Comedy!

  8. montrealbbr - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Horton gets praise because he takes the regular season off and then gets a couple of goals during the playoffs because he decides to play, what a joke! Columbus is going to regret this signing down the road. Not that anyone will care then because the team will probably be in Quebec. Columbus is a joke of a hockey town.

    • 2qswing - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      the next time you are wondering why most hockey fans consider montreal fans elitist know-it-all snobs who had most of their glory when there were 6 teams in the league, go back and read your ignorant post.

      • montrealbbr - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I did reread it and I stand by what I said. Does Columbus even know they have a hockey team? Horton wanted to go to a quiet town and he will certainly get that!

      • drewsylvania - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        (mbbr) In that case, you are a true idiot.

    • bergy37 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Really mbbr!! From one who has endured years of stupidity being a habs fan ie: Gomez, Kaberle,
      giving Price a 7 year 6.5 million contract and no telling what the Habs are going to give Subban next year. Horton will do just fine in Columbus, he gave the Bruins some great years and will do the same for the BJ. I would put my money on them winning the cup before Montreal.

  9. chazxcore - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Wow, he could be out 6 months for an already way over paid player. How the hell did he swing that deal?

    “Yes, I’d like over $5 million a year and oh yeah, I’m going to miss most likely half of my first year with shoulder surgery. Are you cool with that?”

  10. narfmoo12 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    After all the other power forwards signed for more money or more years, the LeCavalier deal looks great!

  11. chrisk61 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    reality check…to sign a guy to a 7 yr deal who then turns around and has surgery and may miss the first half of yr 1 of his deal…well…

    the signing team looks stupid. columbus looks stupid right now.

    in a related comment, a power forward with a bad shoulder is just a forward.

    same old columbus. i hope for colum’s sake that bobrovsky can last a whole season including possible playoff extended season. he hasn’t proven that yet remember.

  12. pastabelly - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I wish Nathan nothing but the best and good for him that he was able to take care of his family with $37 million. I’d like to think that he’s always welcome in Boston, but we don’t take too kindly to people who say they just want to leave town because we all believe it’s a great place to live. He always could have moved his family deep into suburban Boston, but maybe he didn’t like the scrutiny of playing in a large market city that is also a hockey town. That would eliminate Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, NY, Chicago, and Philadelphia – AKA, the Original Six + Philly.

    Is this signing stupid from Columbus point of view? NO!!!!! How many players seek out Columbus as a destination like Horton did? The answer is very few. When you are a team like Columbus, you do this deal. It’s not as if they missed on him that Lecavlier, Iginla, Briere, or Alfreddson was going to sign with them. If they get a healthy Horton back, $5.7M a year for a 25-28 goal scorer (probably higher outside of Boston) is a decent investment.

  13. 2qswing - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM


    The jackets knew exactly what was ahead for Horton when they signed him. Believe it or not montrealbbr we do have very good doctors here in Ohio who probably checked him out pretty well before putting 37 mil on the line. Risk? absolutely, as with any hi-priced multi-year deal.
    Boston is not bitter. In fact most of the comments here from Bruin fans are wishing him well. As a jackets ticket holder we have some things to hang our hat on for the first time in years. Excellent top 4 D, Vezina goalie, 6-week winning streak at the end of last season, 3 first round picks, last years #2 overall pick in camp and healthy, re-upped the guys we wanted and added Gaborik and Horton. Please don’t pi$$ on my parade just yet. I’ve seen a lot of really bad hockey.

  14. hieronymous27 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Wasn’t one of the goals of the lock-out to try & to save the owners from their own stupidity by not signing more over priced players to exorbitant contracts for long periods of time? Guess the line of “there is a sucker born every minute” applies to the Horton signing.

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