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NHL roundup: Bruins' Horton to test free-agent waters

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Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton told the team he plans to become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN The Magazine.

"It wasn't about numbers or money," Horton's agent Paul Krepelka said.

He added that Horton wants a chance to make a fresh start.

Free agency opens on Friday.

Horton had just 22 points in 43 games before stepping it up in the playoffs. He had seven goals, 12 assists and a plus-20 in 22 postseason contests.

"Nathan has done very well for us, especially in the playoffs," Bruins president Cam Neely said. "He's scored some big-time goals and has made a huge impact. We like the way that line plays and we certainly would like to have Nathan back, but this is a challenging year coming up with the cap dropping as much as it does."

Horton could command the similar $4 million per season he made on his last contract, which was for six years.

Even though Horton wants to test the free agent waters, he is open to returning to Boston.

"With him being unrestricted, certainly you want to have those conversations fairly quick and see where they're at and where we're at and need to be at, especially for next season," Neely said. "That's certainly pressing, but everything's pressing right now."

The team may trade Horton's negotiating rights instead of letting him go without compensation.

---Three men were arrested by police in the assault and robbery of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom in his hometown of Ornskjoldsvik, Sweden, on Friday night.

The local newspaper reported that a witness saw Enstrom withdrawing money from an ATM just before midnight and five minutes later was lying on the ground with a cut on his forehead.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff told reporters Saturday that the team is aware of the incident.

"Apparently Toby was out for dinner with his family and went to pick up the check and went to the ATM to get some money and was robbed by three people," Cheveldayoff said. "Supposedly, to the best of our knowledge those people have been apprehended by police. Toby is fine. He received a minor cut above the eye. He's putting it behind him."

---USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio announced Saturday that Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was named coach of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team at the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.

Bylsma, 42, is 201-92-25 as the Penguins coach, including winning the 2009 Stanley Cup. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year in 2011.

The U.S. won the silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, falling to Canada 3-2 in overtime over the gold medal game.
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