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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has surgery, sidelined for 6 weeks

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 5:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has surgery, sidelined for 6 weeks

TAMPA, Fla. - Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton has had surgery for an abdominal injury and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

The team announced the news before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Horton has five goals and 19 points in 36 games this season. A prized off-season free agent signing for the playoff-bound Blue Jackets, Horton underwent shoulder surgery last summer, which caused him to miss the first 40 games this season.

Also, Columbus reassigned defenceman Tim Erixon to Springfield of the AHL.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp