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Nathan Horton: Bruins waited until last minute with offer

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10:47 AM ET 10.13 | There were always whispers out there that there was more to the story of Nathan Horton leaving the Bruins organization for a seven-year, $37.1 million free agent deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets this summer. Clearly the Bruins front office was surprised by Horton bolting, judging by their words afterward and by the scene from "Behind the B?" where Peter Chiarelli is dropping an F-bomb after getting the news confirmed by Horton's agent, Paul Krepelka. Horton said the move was about a "quieter lifestyle" for his family rather than the hustle and bustle of Boston city life, but the Bruins playoff hero confirmed it was about more than that on Saturday. Horton said the Bruins never approached him in his final year with the team before unrestricted free agency, and he couldn't wait around for an answer when other teams showed major interest. "All year, nothing happened. I waited for a long time," Horton said of last year in Boston. "When you wait until the last minute, what am I... I'm not going to wait around. I'm happy with the way things turned out. 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."

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October 13, 2013  11:20 AM ET

Isn't he still rehabbing the shoulder he hurt fighting Iggy?

October 13, 2013  11:22 AM ET

Ya snooze ya lose!

October 13, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ya snooze ya lose!

I think Petey was reading BGM comments and just figured everybody wanted to play in Boston.

October 13, 2013  12:48 PM ET

Losing some of their good players will show up towards the end of the year when injuries mount up.

October 13, 2013  01:09 PM ET

Puhleese! You took the money Norton. A bad team offered you a stupid contract. Can't blame him for taking the cash, but spare us the Boston bashing and nonsense about "Columbus up and coming." He'll be watching the playoffs on TV for the rest of his career unless the Jackets trade him.

October 13, 2013  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Losing some of their good players will show up towards the end of the year when injuries mount up.

Who do they lose that was not replaced with a better player?

October 13, 2013  01:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think Petey was reading BGM comments and just figured everybody wanted to play in Boston.

Yep! Yip! Yep! Yip! Yep!

October 13, 2013  01:51 PM ET

'Horton said the move was about a "quieter lifestyle" for his family rather than the hustle and bustle of Boston city life....'

Yeah, Nathan. We all believe you. Money had nothing to do with it, right?

If you really wanted a 'quieter lifestyle,' how come you didn't sign with Edmonton or Winnipeg? It get's real quiet over there from November through March.

October 13, 2013  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If you really wanted a 'quieter lifestyle,' how come you didn't sign with Edmonton or Winnipeg? It get's real quiet over there from November through March.

Fans there care and have expectations. Horton didn't want to have to play up to the money and needed a market where hockey is barely on the radar.

October 13, 2013  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think Petey was reading BGM comments and just figured everybody wanted to play in Boston.

Really, LOL

October 13, 2013  06:13 PM ET

Perhaps if his wife hadn't been hanging around a, now, Dallas Star, he'd have signed with Boston. Boston never had a chance.

 
October 13, 2013  09:29 PM ET

I think I understand his decision to play for Columbus even less now.

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