Nathan Horton to Blue Jackets
Forward Nathan Horton and the Columbus Blue Jackets agreed to a seven-year contract on Friday, the openning day of the NHL’s free agency.
The deal’s total value is $37.1 million or an average annual value of $5.3 million per season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has reported that Horton will receive $30 million in the first five seasons of the deal, according to NHL.com. Horton, who is one of the top free agents this year, has said last week that he would most likely not return to the Boston Bruins.
“This is a team on the rise with great players,” Horton told the Blue Jackets website, The SportsXchange reports. “I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
Horton spent the last three seasons with the Bruins. He won the Stanley Cup with them in 2011. He had 13 goals and 22 points this past season with the Bruins. The Blue Jackets have not made the playoffs the last four seasons, according to the SportsXchange. They fell short of making the playoffs this past season.
The Blue Jackets finished 25th in the NHL in goals and 27th in shots on goal per game last season.