Blue Jackets’ free agent signing Nathan Horton has surgery

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday that their newest forward, Nathan Horton, has undergone shoulder surgery.

Horton, who suffered the injury during the Stanley Cup Finals as a member of the Boston Bruins, signed a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with the Blue Jackets this off-season, according to The Associated Press. His surgery took place at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital by Dr. Jon Warner.

“Nathan’s surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen said on the team’s website. “Since Nathan joined the Blue Jackets, our medical team from OhioHealth and team training staff have worked closely with Dr. Warner and will be actively engaged with Nathan throughout the rehabilitation process.”

“I think the recovery is four to six months,” Horton said during his introductory press conference. “I’m hoping four and I think everyone else would in my situation. I just want to be 100 percent and come back and never have a problem with it again.”

Despite being injured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Horton scored seven goals along with 12 assists during the 22 Stanley Cup playoff games in which he played. It is likely that Horton will miss the start of the Blue Jackets season because he will need to be rehabbing his shoulder, but he should be a great asset to his new team.

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