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Blue Jackets' Horton skates for 1st time since surgery @NHLdotcom

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton had an MRI exam on his surgically repaired left shoulder Wednesday and skated for the first time since June.

"The doctors here looked at it and it looks really good," Horton told The Columbus Dispatch. "It looks like we're on track still and that's the good news that we wanted. I can't read the thing, but you can see that it's healing or healed and I think they got the news that they wanted."

Horton signed a seven-year, $37 million contract with the Blue Jackets this summer after helping the Boston Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup Final. He is a six-time 20-goal scorer with the Bruins and Florida Panthers.

Horton, who skated Wednesday without a stick, told the newspaper he is waiting for further clearance from the doctor who performed his surgery in July before he begins doing more, although he said expected to start stickhandling Thursday. He said he might be "a month, month-and-a-half" from a return.

The Blue Jackets take a four-game losing streak into their home game against the New York Rangers on Thursday, and they've been limited to six goals during the streak.

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