Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Nathan Horton

It’s not often that a star player chooses to walk away from a Stanley Cup contender, but today Nathan Horton has done just that. Horton has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The deal is said to be seven years worth #37.1 million.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the total value of the deal is $37.1 million, or an average annual value of $5.3 million per season. He also reported Horton will receive $30 million in the first five seasons of the pact.”

Horton has moved on from Boston, to a team that is young and up and coming. Columbus just missed the playoffs this past season, and are looking to turn some heads.     

“This is a team on the rise with great players and I’m looking forward to being a part of it,” Horton told the team’s web site.

This past season Horton  had 13 goals and 22 points in 48 games for the Bruins. During the Bruins playoff run this past season Horton had 19 points and a League-best plus-20 rating in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

After playing three years in the media hot bed that is Boston;  it has been reported by several media outlets that Horton was looking to play in a non-traditional hockey market in hopes of living  a quieter life style.  If that is correct it seems like Columbus is a good fit for the 28-year-old.

Did you know? Horton was a first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2003, the fourth pick overall, and then was traded just over three years ago to the Bruins.

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