Source: Horton Was Here

Forward Nathan Horton, one of the top NHL free agents available this summer, was in Columbus today to visit with the Blue Jackets and tour Nationwide Arena, The Dispatch has learned.

The Blue Jackets were among the first NHL clubs to take advantage of a two-day window in which players can visit and negotiate with clubs. The two sides can agree to terms, but no contracts can be signed until Friday.

Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, confirmed that Horton was in Columbus today and will leave tomorrow morning. He did not want to comment further.

The Blue Jackets apparently wanted first dibs at Horton, it only makes sense.

Horton, 6-2, 230 pounds, is a power forward in the classic sense. He plays a rough-and-tumble game that could give the Blue Jackets the scoring boost they desperately want, while maintaining their competitive, hard-to-play-against club that emerged late last season.