Posts Tagged ‘Nathan Horton’

Blue Jackets clinch playoff berth after beating Stars in makeup game

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font

By Nick Stoico

The Columbus Blue Jackets clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs after beating the Stars 3-1 on Wednesday night in Dallas. It is only the second time in the 16-year history of the franchise that the Jackets have earned a berth in the postseason tournament.

The game was being made up after their March 10 matchup was postponed early in the first period after the Stars’ Rich Peverley collapsed.  The Jackets were leading 1-0 at the time and were allowed to keep that advantage for the start of the makeup game, which went the full regulation 60 minutes. [Boxscore] That goal had been scored by Nathan Horton, who was sidelined by a lower body injury for the restart. As a result, he now occupies an odd place in NHL history.

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 10, 2014
  • Nathan Horton leaves game vs. Coyotes with injury, history-making to follow?

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Nathan Horton has been held to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    Nathan Horton has been limited to just 35 games in his first season in Columbus. (Gerry Broome/AP)

    By Amy Lilek

    Nathan Horton has had a rough season battling injuries in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He made his return to their lineup on Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes, but it may have come a bit too soon.

    It was announced during the second intermission that Horton would not return to the game after he re-aggravated the lower-body injury that has kept him out of action since March 29.

    Read More…


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Nathan Horton of Blue Jackets can make NHL history by not playing vs. Stars

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Nathan Horton of the Columbus Blue Jackets

    Nathan Horton has a shot at becoming the answer to a vexing trivia question. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Word out of Columbus suggests that Nathan Horton will be out of the lineup for the Blue Jackets’ game against the Stars on Wednesday. In and of itself, that’s hardly news. The big winger has been hampered with injuries all season. He’s missed 40 games so far, four of them as a result of a lower-body issue that currently has him on the sidelines.

    But here’s the thing: Wednesday’s game in Dallas is something out of the ordinary. It’s the game that had to be suspended and rescheduled after the heart scare suffered by Rich Peverley of the Stars early in the first period.

    The league has announced that a full 60-minute contest will be played on Wednesday night, but that the Jackets will keep the 1-0 lead that they held at the time Peverley collapsed on the bench.

    And that goal was scored by Horton.

    So what we could have here is an NHL first: a player being credited with a goal in a game in which he does not play.

    There’s a bit of trivia to baffle your buddies, eh?

    Going by the way Greg Johnson’s holdover goal was dealt with in the wake of the 2005 Jiri Fischer health-scare postponement, the tally will be credited to Horton at 0:00 of the first and will not count as a shot on net in the contest.


  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Columbus Blue Jackets GM decides Marian Gaborik must earn extension

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Marian Gaborik of the Columbus Blue Jackets

    Marian Gaborik showed signs of life at the end of his miserable 2013 season, but may be slowing down. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    “Fools rush in,” the great Annabella Lwin warned. But Jarmo Kekalainen is no fool.

    That’s why the general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets plans to wait on negotiating a contract extension with star right winger Marian Gaborik.

    “We want to get more familiar with him, get to know him better,” Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch. “Sure, we’re thinking about it already, but we’re going to let it go into the season, hope to see him score a lot of goals for us and then talk about getting him extended.”

    The team’s fans might be in a rush to get something done, but there’s no reason for Kekalainen to lift a finger at this point if he values prudence over leverage.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • NHL free-agency winners and losers: Penguins, Kings headline 2013 list

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Prime NHL free agent Vincent Lecavalier signed with the Philadelphia Flyers

    With a five-year, $22.5-million deal, Vincent Lecavalier, 33, looks like a future Flyers buyout candidate. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    There’s a good reason why so many hours are spent parsing the possibilities, news and impact of the NHL’s free agent frenzy.

    We all love the idea of a quick fix.

    Coming hot on the heels of the draft — a day when we talk about how much better every team will be so many years down the road — free agency is a chance to fill in the cracks now, to turn a mediocre team into a good one or elevate a good team into a Stanley Cup contender.

    Or lead a team into financial ruin.

    Hey, the easy road is never quite as easy as it looks. That’s why most teams either stayed out of the deep end of this year’s underwhelming pool of free agents or simply made smaller moves that allowed them to tread water. In many cases, that was the right course of action. But others held their noses and jumped. Here’s how they fared:

    FREE AGENT TRACKER: Who’s available, who signed

    Read More…


  • Published On Jul 08, 2013
  • NHL free agents: Nathan Horton signs huge deal with Columbus Blue Jackets

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Nathan Horton signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets

    Prime free agent Nathan Horton’s choice of Columbus bodes well for the Blue Jackets franchise. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Moments after Mike Ribeiro and the Phoenix Coyotes agreed to the biggest deal (four years, $22 million) of free agency’s opening day, Nathan Horton and the Columbus Blue Jackets blew it out of the water.

    Horton, arguably the top free agent on the market, signed a seven-year, $37.1 million deal with Columbus this afternoon.

    But even that couldn’t top the jaw-dropping impact of Daniel Alfredsson’s decision to leave the Ottawa Senators after 17 years to sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

    It was less than a week ago that the 40-year-old winger thrilled Senators fans with word that he would return for at least one more season. It probably never entered their minds that he would be back in any sweater other than Ottawa’s.

    MUIR: Alfredsson stuns Ottawa | Clarkson, Clowe  break bank with risky deals

    Read More…


  • Published On Jul 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Daniel Alfredsson’s free agency; Gretzky a Leaf?; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Daniel Alfredsson

    It’s hard to imagine Daniel Alfredsson in another sweater, but it may come to pass. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Ken Campbell explains how the PHWA voting blunder nearly cost Taylor Hall a million bucks. This needs to be read by every association member before they’re allowed to vote again.

    • When Daniel Alfredsson said he was coming back this season, he didn’t say he was coming back to the Senators. The veteran forward is being courted by several teams and it’s not inconceivable he could finish his career elsewhere.

    • If he does, it’s a public relations disaster for Ottawa. That’s why the Senators have to do whatever it takes to get Alfie under contract.

    • Is Wayne Gretzky about to become a Maple Leaf?

    • I’m amazed by how many Flyers fans wrote me to say that the Vincent Lecavalier deal means nothing in terms of a salary cap crunch. Here’s Ryan Kennedy to set them straight.

    • Don’t misread the vote by Glendale City Council that allowed the Coyotes to stay in Arizona. It’s merely a stay of execution for the long struggling franchise.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jul 04, 2013
  • Matching key NHL free agents with their ideal teams

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Free agent Nathan Horton would be a good fit on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Ex-Bruins center Nathan Horton would give the Maple Leafs some valuable Cup final experience. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe it’s all those FarmersOnly.com ads that ran in a loop on NHL Network during the playoffs. Whatever the case, I can’t help but think that there are some free agents and teams that would be perfect matches for one another … even if they just don’t know it yet.

    I can’t bring them together, but I can point them in the right direction. And I can do it without the help of a talking dog.

    With the July 5 free agent frenzy fast approaching, here’s a look at the game’s top free agents and their perfect landing spots.

    Nathan Horton — Maple Leafs

    Yeah, there’s a big sentimental push to bring home David Clarkson, but Horton is younger (by a year), more experienced and has a better resumé highlighted by significant contributions to a Bruins team that twice reached the Cup final in a three-year span. He’ll likely be more expensive, and he doesn’t bring the same physical element as Clarkson, but he’s also a safer bet. Plus, think of how much fun it would be to stick it to Boston!

    UPDATE: Sorry, Toronto. Sounds like Horton’s just not that into you. He’s looking for something a little more low-key, where the media will be less demanding than what he faced in Boston. With that in mind, how about the Dallas Stars? They’re on the rebound after being dumped by Vincent Lecavalier, they’ve got the cap space, and they’re looking to make a splash in free agency to rebuild their credibility in the market.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jul 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Seguin, Schneider rumors; Lecavalier to Red Wings?; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Vincent Lecavalier is now an NHL free agent

    Vincent Lecavalier could become the Red Wings’ latest reclamation project. (Rich Graessle/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Vincent Lecavalier met with several teams yesterday, and is scheduled to sit down with Detroit and Calgary today. His short list of preferred landing spots should be public some time this morning. My money’s on the Wings. Detroit gives him a chance to compete and has a reputation for reviving the flagging fortunes of players in decline.

    • George Johnson believes signing Lecavalier would be a step in the wrong direction for the Flames. Don’t think he has to worry too much. Does anyone honestly think Vinny is signing up with a ground-floor rebuild?

    • I thought I’d heard it all about likely first overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, but this was a new one on me.

    • Sounds like the Flames are looking into starting next season in Saskatoon if the flood-damaged Saddledome isn’t ready to go. Makes sense, in terms of arena size anyway, but Flames fans might prefer Red Deer.

    • While everyone is focused on the first round, here’s an AGM who says there will be some real beauties uncovered in rounds 4-7.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jun 30, 2013
  • Boston Bruins need more speed, scoring touch to contend in 2013-14

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Patrice Bergeron will be back with a long-term deal, but the Bruins have upgrades to make. (Getty Images)

    Patrice Bergeron will be back with a long-term deal, but the Bruins have some upgrades to make. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The sting of Monday night’s bitter Game 6 loss hasn’t begun to subside, but the front office staff of the Boston Bruins doesn’t have the luxury of waiting around until everyone gets over it. As well their team performed en route to 14 playoff victories, the B’s still came up short in the end. They were a little too slow. They didn’t have enough finish. They’re lost their cool. And that means changes are coming for an organization that wants to be the best.

    There’s not a lot of sex appeal to any of the options they have at hand, but given the restraints that Boston faces under a diminished $64.3 million salary cap, the quiet potential of some long-simmering prospects offers their only real chance to get back to the Cup final in 2014.

    CAZENEUVE: What next for Blackhawks and Bruins?

    The Bruins have eight of their top-12 forwards under contract through the end of the 2014-15 season. Patrice Bergeron, who can become a UFA next summer, is expected to sign a long, lucrative deal over the next few weeks that will carry him into the golden years of his career in Boston. That makes nine. Shawn Thornton was reduced to spare part status in the Cup final when the injury to Gregory Campbell dissolved the fourth line, but he could be given a short-term extension as well to carry him past next summer.

    Read More…


  • Published On Jun 25, 2013


  •