Bruins forward Nathan Horton has informed general manager Peter Chiarelli that he plans on testing unrestricted free agency and won't be signing a contract with Boston. Free agency opens July 5.
"It wasn't about numbers or money," Horton's agent Paul Krepelka told ESPN The Magazine, adding that he sees this as a chance for a fresh start.
Horton is coming off a pedestrian regular season in which he registered 22 points in 43 games but found his game in the postseason, where he had seven goals and 12 assists in 22 games during the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup finals. He was also a plus-20, which led the NHL playoffs. In 43 career playoff games, Horton has 15 goals and 21 assists, including six game-winning goals.
The 6-foot-2 winger's last contract was a six-year deal that averaged $4 million per season and he should earn at least that much on the open market.
With the heads-up of his departure, the Bruins' could trade the negotiating rights to Horton rather than let him leave without getting anything in return.