Blue Jackets Land Big Name Free Agent Forward


The Columbus Blue Jackets added free agent forward Nathan Horton to the team on Friday.

The Blue Jackets announced that they had signed Horton to a seven-year contract. The terms of the contract were not released.

Horton spent the last three seasons playing for the Boston Bruins.

"Nathan Horton was the player we identified as a perfect fit for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and we are very happy to welcome Nathan and his family to our organization," said General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a news release.

Horton, 28, has scored 198 goals and had 204 assists over his career. He has a +57 rating in 591 games with the Bruins and the Florida Panthers.

"I am very excited and proud to be a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is a team on the rise with great players, and I'm looking forward to being a part of it," said Horton.

Horton is a native of Welland, Ontario, and made his NHL debut as an 18 year old in 2003.

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