The Maple Leafs have traded David Clarkson to the Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton.
Horton’s career could be over because of a debilitating back issue. However, the Leafs saw a chance to move a horrible contract. They will get some cap relief by placing Horton on long-term injured reserve. This is a weird trade, but one that makes sense for both sides.
Horton's back injury could end his season, and maybe his career.
Optimism is fading that Horton, 29, will be able to play this season and there is growing concern that his career might be finished. Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1 million dollar contract last summer and has only suited up in 35 games with Columbus. Horton has been diagnosed with “degeneration” of the entire lumbar region of his spine. Surgery has not been scheduled or ruled out, but it is viewed as a last resort. It’s a delicate procedure, with no guarantee of relief.
Horton remains out indefinitely with a degenerative back condition.
Horton has had a really hard time staying healthy in recent years. Since signing a seven-year, $37.1 million dollar deal last July, Horton has only suited up for 35 games. He seems poised to miss a decent amount of time with this back condition. With Horton out, Boone Jenner out and Ryan Johansen still unsigned, the Blue Jackets entire projected first line is unavailable.
Horton will miss six weeks after undergoing abdominal surgery.
One of the knocks on Horton in recent years has been his inability to stay healthy. Including this season, he has missed 122 games over the last six seasons. To put that in perspective, he has missed 26.6% of regular season games played since 2008-09. In his first of seven years of a $37.1 million dollar contract with the Blue Jackets, Horton amassed four goals and 14 assists (18 points) in 35 games. Should Columbus advance to the Eastern Conference finals, Horton could be back in the lineup. If not… See you in 2014-15 Nathan.
Horton returned to the lineup on Tuesday after a four-game absence. He only made it one-shift into the second period before retiring to the dressing room. He will be the first player in NHL history to score a goal in a game that he will not play in. Tonight's game is the make-up game for the game which was postponed after Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. Horton will be credited with the goal as they start 1-0, but they will play a full 60 minutes.
Horton (lower-body) appears he will be back in the Blue Jackets lineup on Tuesday.
Horton was listed as a game-time decision on Monday, but based on the morning skate it looks like he will be back in tonight vs. the Coyotes. Horton is skating on a line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner--monitor his status following the a.m skate.
Horton (lower-body) will miss a couple more days, then he’ll be considered “day-to-day” after that.
Horton, who is already missing tonight's game, could be in danger of missing Thursday and Friday's games as well. Horton has reportedly been playing through the lower-body injury, but it has reached a point where he can't anymore.
There is no word when Horton suffered the injury, but it will keep him out of Tuesday's game vs. the Avalanche. Horton has just four goals with 13 assists (17 points) in 34 games this season. Horton has not scored a goal in each of the last 24 games.
As expected, Horton (shoulder) will make his Blue Jackets debut tonight.
Horton, 28, signed a seven-year contract with the Blue Jackets on July 5 and underwent successful shoulder surgery 12 days later. He has missed the first 40 games of the 2013-14 campaign as a result. The 6-2, 229-pound right winger has registered 198 goals and 204 assists for 402 points with 543 penalty minutes in 591 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2011. He will skate on a line with Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky.
Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton (shoulder) likely will make his long-awaited season debut tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes.
“It’s not 100 percent, but there is a very good chance he will play,” coach Todd Richards said after Horton participated in an optional practice yesterday. Horton, the Jackets’ major offseason signing, has missed the first 40 games of the season because of reconstructive left shoulder surgery in July. Horton had 13 goals and 22 points in 43 games with the Bruins last season.
Horton (shoulder) is skating and taking part in contact at Blue Jackets' practice.
Horton continues to work towards his Blue Jackets' debut which is expected to happen in early January. He is on the Blue Jackets four-game road trip that goes until next Monday, there is a chance he dresses in one of those contests.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said that “it’s a possibility” that Nathan Horton (shoulder) could play on the upcoming road trip.
Columbus kicks off a four-game road trip starting on Tuesday in Colorado that goes until the following Monday in New York. Horton could make his Blue Jackets debut in one of those four games, so monitor his status during the morning skates of Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and the next Monday.