The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed arguably the best free agent in this year’s class. Nathan Horton and the Blue Jackets agreed to a seven-year deal to bring the two-way forward to Columbus.
Horton was one of the Boston Bruins best forwards in their run to the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Finals this season. He was paired on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. They formed one of the best lines in hockey over the past few years. Horton had seven goals and 12 assists for a total of 19 points. He suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to leave a game early and limited his play for the rest of the series. He told the media after the Bruins lost that he would need surgery on his shoulder. Some people were speculating that this would cause teams to offer him less years, but that clearly wasn’t the case with the Blue Jackets. Despite his injury, he was one of the top performers in these playoffs. After the season, he informed the Bruins that he would be testing free agency.
Now Horton is going to an up-and-coming Blue Jackets team. They missed the playoffs by one point last season. They have the reigning Vezina trophy winner in Sergei Bobrovsky. They landed sniper Marian Gaborik from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline. They have a good nucleus of young talented players. They will also be transitioning to the Eastern Conference next season with the NHL’s new alignment.
The Blue Jackets made a big splash by bringing in Horton. Expect them to compete for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference next season.