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Horton aims to be ready for Blue Jackets training camp

Jun 22, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

At best, you could grade Nathan Horton‘s injury-ravaged first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets as “incomplete.” There’s some question about his chances of entering 2014-15 at 100 percent, yet the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline provided an optimistic update in that regard on Sunday.

Portzline believes that Horton could very well enter training camp at full strength:

Here’s one thing that should be clear: the Blue Jackets shouldn’t rush the 29-year-old back before he’s ready.

That sounds simple, yet it would be understandable if Columbus is getting antsy to get more value out of the power forward. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery in 2013 that delayed his Blue Jackets debut until Jan. 2 and then required abdominal surgery that kept him from aiding the franchise in a rare postseason appearance.

As disappointing as his 19 points in 36 games might look, It almost seems like an accomplishment that he played that many games in the first place.

Horton is about to enter the second season of a seven-year, $37.1 million deal that carries a $5.3 million cap hit.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Very bad contract for the jackets. They really don’t need him. They have youth and passion. Dump him

    • spitfisher - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      They’re stuck with him for a while I’m afraid- who would take him for even half that salary @ half the years? Its still 5.3 mill cap hit.

  2. hauger88 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    At full health with a complete training camp he could do some work with dubi. Had him as a sleeper in fantasy and will do do so again this year

  3. shaundre93 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Are people that fickle that they forget how Horton dominated through 2 cup runs? Considering the contract David Clarkson got this past season, and the kind of money guys like Hemsky and Callahan will command, that contract seems downright reasonable. The length may be a couple years too much, but that is a nice cap hit that will not interfere with signing the youngsters down the road. A very frustrating season for sure, but get a healthy Horton on the ice with Ryan Johansen and watch him be a 25G 50+ pt player that brings toughness, playoff experience and a history of clutchness. That seems like the ideal kind of player you want on an up and coming team

  4. papajack1259 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

    Overrated injury prone and you never know when or if he will show up

    • govtminion - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      Well… hard to argue the ‘injury prone’, but we do when he’ll show up. The playoffs.

      And now that the Jackets can actually make playoff appearances, that’s when I’d really start watching him. I know I saw more than just a couple of Bruins playoff games end the good way thanks to a timely Horton appearance, after all.

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