The Bruins have lost a great deal at the right wing this offseason, all of it starting when Nathan Horton opted for free agency rather than return to the team.
Now, Horton has his own problems to deal with.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the 28-year-old newly-signed Columbus Blue Jacket will be undergoing shoulder surgery next week and could miss four to six months. This news comes just days after the Blue Jackets signed Horton to a seven-year, $37.1 million deal, hoping to shore up an offense that struggled mightily last season.
Yet, this new development can't be entirely unexpected.
Horton, after all, has a long history of shoulder issues, and has missed 75 games over the last five seasons due in part to lingering shoulder problems. The time period of the recovery means the Blue Jackets could be without his services for the first 20 or 30 games of the upcoming season.
So the B's won't have to watch Horton in another team's uniform for at least a few months.