It would seem like the day that Blue Jackets fans have been waiting for since the off-season is finally here. According to a tweet by James Rimer, the Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster for the Columbus Blue Jackets, right wing Nathan Horton is finally ready to make his debut in a Columbus Blue Jackets jersey.
— Jeff Rimer (@jrimercbj) January 2, 2014
He will make his triumphant return at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona as the Blue Jackets take on Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes.
As most of you know, Horton aggravated a pre-existing injury during the first game of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 12th. Horton underwent shoulder surgery on Wednesday, July 17th to alleviate some of the issue that he has been having with his shoulder and to prevent further injury to the region.
It was predicted that he would be missing 4-6 months after the surgery. His return is coming in just under that six month range.
Last season with the Boston Bruins, the 6’2”, 229 pound forward scored 13 goals and 9 assists for a total of 22 points in the regular season. During the post season, he would notch an additional 7 goals and 12 assists, adding an additional 19 points to his season totals.
On July 5th, just 12 days prior to his shoulder surgery, he signed a seven year free agent contract with the Blue Jackets worth a reported $37.1 million.