COLUMBUS, Ohio - At Nathan Horton's introductory press conference earlier this month, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson offered a familiar refrain.
When prospect defenseman Ryan Murray suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during a WHL game in November, Davidson said the organization's first and only goal was to make sure the necessary surgery would be done promptly and properly, in order to ensure the player's full recovery before taking the ice again.
That was the case in early July when the Blue Jackets signed Horton to a seven-year contract: the 28-year-old power forward was injured in overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks and did not return, and wanted to wait until signing with a new club before deciding on surgery.
After consultation with Blue Jackets team doctors and management, they opted to have Dr. Jon Warner at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital conduct the procedure.
Surgery was deemed a success on Wednesday morning, and Horton's projected recovery timetable (four to six months) remains unchanged. Horton had said he's hoping for something closer to four months, but is committed to any necessary time frame so that he doesn't have to worry about further injury.
"I think the recovery is four to six months," Horton said during his introductory press conference. "I’m hoping four and I think everyone else would in my situation. I just want to be 100 percent and come back and never have a problem with it again."
Here's a comment from Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Horton's surgery:
“Nathan’s surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program. Since Nathan joined the Blue Jackets, our medical team from OhioHealth and team training staff have worked closely with Dr. Warner and will be actively engaged with Nathan throughout the rehabilitation process.”