The Columbus Blue Jackets finally will get a chance to see Nathan Horton in game action Thursday night.
Horton will make his Blue Jackets debut in Arizona when Columbus takes on the Phoenix Coyotes. Horton has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Horton signed a seven-year deal worth $37.1 million this offseason after spending the previous three seasons in Boston, where he scored 56 goals in 169 regular-season games. The big winger was even better in the playoffs, where he scored 15 goals in 43 games, playing a key role in two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, which included a win in 2011.
Horton must wait until next season to face the Bruins, though. Boston and Columbus already have finished their season set, with the Bruins taking all three games.