Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton out six weeks after abdominal surgery
The 28-year-old native of Ontario signed a seven-year deal with Columbus this offseason, but he has struggled with his new team, playing in a career-low 36 games with five goals, 14 assists and a -3 rating.
Picked third overall by the Panthers in the 2003 draft, Horton has 203 goals and 218 assists in 10 seasons -- six in Florida, three in Boston and one with Columbus.
The 6-foot-2, 229-pound forward has four career 50-point seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011.
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