Nathan Horton said he wanted a quieter lifestyle when he signed his seven-year, $37.1 million contract with Columbus.
But Horton acknowledged the Bruins’ negotiating approach also played a part in his decision to leave.
“All year, nothing happened,” Horton said of his final season in Boston. “I waited for a long time. It just came down to, at the end, for my family, I wanted a place where my kids could be outside. That’s kind of what it came down to. I heard a little bit about Columbus. It’s not the Columbus that everyone knows. Columbus is up-and-coming. They’ve got a great team and great people in charge. It’s kind of what I was looking for.”
Horton is out after undergoing shoulder surgery in July. He is about a month away from skating.