Nathan Horton undergoes surgery

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has undergone surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the Stanley Cup finals, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Wednesday.

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

Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 5. The Blue Jackets knew he needed the surgery when they signed him.

"The recovery is four-to-six months; I'm hoping it's four," Horton said at his introductory news conference earlier this month. "I just want to be 100 percent and come back and never have a problem with it again."

Horton has 198 goals and 204 assists for 402 points with 543 penalty minutes in 591 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins. This past season, he had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games with the Bruins before picking up seven goals and 12 assists in 22 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.