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Nathan Horton | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/29/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
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Nathan Horton's degenerative back injury has significantly diminished his quality of life, but having surgery to repair it would mean the end of his NHL career.
"I don't want to have surgery, because of what that means," Horton said. "I don't want to live with this pain, but I don't want to make that decision. It's hard for me to say that, at 29 years old, I'm done. I mean, really? Done at 29?" He hasn't been able to play since April. He's been pursuing alternatives to surgery, but so far none of the treatments have worked. Horton admitted that at some point in the not too distant future, he's going to have to decide if he wants to undergo surgery. "As long as I can hold off the surgery, I feel like there's a chance," he added. "A chance for something. A miracle. Something." Nov 13 - 4:35 AM

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It doesn't sound like Nathan Horton will return any time soon.

In fact, it's still unclear if he'll ever play in the NHL again. He has a degeneration back condition and has been waiting to see if it will respond to rest. He's not scheduled to have surgery, but it also hasn't been ruled out.
Oct 21 - 6:49 PM

Nathan Horton has been placed on the non-roster injured reserve list.

Horton has been plagued by a back injury for quite some time now. The 29-year-old is a productive player when he is healthy, but he's had a hard time staying on the ice in the last few seasons.
Oct 5 - 9:07 PM

Nathan Horton (back) has reportedly not made any progress yet.

There's no timetable for Horton's recovery, but we wouldn't count on him being back any time soon. He was limited to just 35 games last season and finished with 18 points as a result.
Sep 30 - 7:40 AM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said that Nathan Horton will attempt to overcome his ailing back injury without surgery on Thursday.

The decision to avoid surgery does not necessarily mean Horton is recovering well from his injury. "He is suffering," Kekalainen said. "It's about getting stronger and managing the pain by getting stronger in the core.[He] is the only person that really knows where he is at and how much pain there is involved. It's impossible for anybody else to know what he is going through right now." It is uncertain at this point how much time Horton will miss.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 25 - 8:12 PM

Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered him for most of the summer.

It's doubtful at this time that he will participate in training camp and he could miss the start of the regular season as well. Horton missed 40 games because of off-season shoulder surgery and he suffered an abdominal injury late in the year as well. He had five goals and 19 points in 36 games last season.
Sep 18 - 3:47 PM

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't sure if Nathan Horton (back) will miss the start of the season.

The injury isn't expected to be long term. Shoulder and abdominal injuries sidelined Horton for most of the 2013-14 season. His back ailment could limit his participation at the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted on his status.
Sep 17 - 3:40 PM

Columbus is expecting to get a lot more out of Nathan Horton this coming campaign.

"We're going to see a different player than we had [last] year," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We're going to see the player who contributed to a Stanley Cup and took that team to the Stanley Cup Final [in 2013]." He was limited to just 36 games last year because of shoulder and abdominal surgeries. Horton is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall and if he can stay healthy then he should be able to make an impact.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 5 - 4:56 PM

After being limited to 35 games last season due to shoulder and abdominal problems, Nathan Horton has been working on getting back into game shape ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's nice having a (full) summer where I can train. I haven't had one in a while," Horton said. "It's different than the last few years that I was in Boston. I've got the whole summer, I can make myself stronger and work on things that I need to work on and get healthy." If Horton can stay healthy - and there's a fair chance that he will - then he should get at least 50 points in 2014-15.
Jul 31 - 10:43 PM

Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline seems optimistic about Nathan Horton being ready for Columbus Blue Jackets training camp.

He missed a big chunk of the 2013-14 season while recovering from offseason surgery and then had more issues once he was able to play. His 14 points in 35 games might be disappointing, yet it's probably most accurate to give him an "Incomplete" grade for this past season.
Jun 22 - 2:33 PM

Nathan Horton has undergone abdominal surgery.

Horton will miss the next six weeks as a result, which kills his chances of helping the Blue Jackets in their playoff run unless they go deep. He has four goals and 14 assists in 35 games this season. Injuries have been a problem all season for Horton, which is part of the reason why his 2013-14 numbers are underwhelming. However, he had success in the playoffs during his days with Boston and Columbus could have certainly used his services.
Apr 11 - 12:23 PM

Nathan Horton (lower body) didn't travel with the Blue Jackets to Dallas.

Just in case you needed further confirmation that Horton won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. This game is a continuation of the one postponed when Rich Peverley had a cardiac event. Horton scored a goal before that happened, which will still count on Wednesday, which means that he will be credited with a goal in a game he didn't participate in.
Apr 9 - 12:37 PM

Nathan Horton's attempt to return from a lower body injury on Tuesday wasn't successful.

Horton logged 5:21 minutes before he was shut down in the second period. He will not play on Wednesday, which is the continuation of the game between Columbus and Dallas that was postponed when Rich Peverley had a cardiac event. Horton scored a goal before the game was postponed and that will count, so he will end up with a goal in a game that he is sidelined for.
Apr 9 - 10:04 AM

Nathan Horton (lower body) will be available for Tuesday's game.

Horton missed four consecutive contests due to the injury. He's projected to play alongside Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner.
Apr 8 - 2:36 PM

Nathan Horton (lower body) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

He has sat out the last four games with a lower-body injury. Horton took part in Monday's optional practice.
Apr 7 - 2:59 PM

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