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Blue Jackets' Horton out four-to-six months

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On the first day of NHL free agency, the Columbus Blue Jackets made a huge splash by signing Nathan Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal on July 5.

Less than two weeks later, the former Boston Bruins right winger had shoulder surgery to repair a chronically injured shoulder that was dislocated in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago.

"Nathan's surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Horton's recovery time is expected to be from four to six months. That means the Blue Jackets can expect the 28-year-old to be back in action anywhere between mid-November and mid-January.

The surgery was performed in Boston. reported that Horton's shoulder condition did not take the Blue Jackets by surprise. The team, as well as Horton, thought it would be best to repair now so he can have the impact the Blue Jackets are seeking.

During this past lockout-shortened season with Boston, Horton had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 regular-season games, a bit off his normal pace of points in the mid-50s. He turned it on in the playoffs with seven goals and 12 assists in 22 games.

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