Horton signs six-year, $24 million deal with Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers signed right wing
Nathan Horton to a six-year, $24 million deal Thursday.

Nathan Horton


Horton, a first-round pick by Florida in 2003, played in all 82
games for the Panthers this past season. The 22-year-old had a
career-high 31 goals and 31 assists.

"Nathan compiled a career-best season last year, proving to be
one of our club's top offensive threats," Florida coach and
general manager Jacques Martin said in a statement. "He is a very
skilled and talented player who is a key part of our nucleus of
offensive talent."

The new deal will play Horton $3 million next season, and his
salary steadily rises to $5.5 million in the final year.

In his three seasons with the Panthers, Horton has played in 208
games with 73 goals and 58 assists.