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Horton surgery deemed successful

Jul 17, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

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Nathan Horton has undergone successful shoulder surgery, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced today.

“Nathan’s surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program,” said Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a release.

Horton had the operation done at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His expected recovery period remains 4-6 months, meaning he’ll miss at least the first couple of months of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Columbus signed the 28-year-old forward to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract on July 5.

Horton reportedly had 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.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Has any team in any sport ever announced “the surgeon really butchered this one” after any player has undergone any surgery? Not saying Horton’s surgery didn’t go well but really we won’t know until December when he’s either back or he’s still out.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      The Columbus Blue Jackets are happy to report that Nathan Horton’s shoulder surgery was a success. However, they unfortunately operated on the wrong shoulder, and must have another surgery to repair the correct arm. Also, during transfer to the OR, medical staff took a corner a bit too fast and Mr. Horton rolled off the operating bed into a tray of scalpels and surgical tools, further injuring his shoulder and leaving him with many deep, but clean incisions for which he received 142 stitches. His recovery should last 8-10 months, barring any unforeseen incidents.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    The Bruins sent him an edible arrangement as a thank you for not being on their payroll anymore.

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