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Blue Jackets' Horton has shoulder surgery @NHL

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that forward Nathan Horton had surgery Wednesday to repair a shoulder injury sustained during the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Jon Warner at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

"Nathan's surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the team's website. "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."

Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 5. The Blue Jackets knew the procedure was needed when he signed, and at his introductory press conference, Horton said he was told the recovery time is four-to-six months.

"I've just been kind of waiting to get it done," Horton said. "I'm definitely going to have surgery. Hopefully in the next week, early week, we can figure that out and get something done, and the sooner the better. I think the recovery is four to six months. 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."

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