It feels like a lifetime ago but the Columbus Blue Jackets made a splash when early in free agency they signed former Bruins forward Nathan Horton to a seven-year contract worth $37.1 million.

It feels like a lifetime ago because the Jackets signed Horton with the understanding that he was going to require surgery to repair an issue with his shoulder that lingered through his time in Boston and thus he wouldn't be able to play for a while.

Well that while is up and when the Blue Jackets take on the Coyotes in Glendale on Thursday night, Horton will be on the ice with them, making his Blue Jackets debut.

Assuming Horton isn't too rusty from not having played since the Stanley Cup Final, he should be welcomed to the team with open arms. They recently lost Marion Gaborik to a collarbone injury so Horton will be expected to come in and fill that void until they can be a good one-two punch on the right wing whenever Gaborik returns.