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Bruins’ Nathan Horton to Test Free Agency

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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Horton, right, with teammates Patrice Bergeron, left, and David Krejci.

BOSTON (WGGB) — Forward Nathan Horton was an integral part of the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2013, but he will likely be wearing different colors come 2014.

Horton told general manager Peter Chiarelli that he plans on testing unrestricted free agency and won’t be signing a contract with Boston.

He tallied just 22 points in the shortened regular season, but caught fire during the playoffs. He had seven goals and 12 assists to lead the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals.

After three years with the Bruins, Horton told team officials that it was not about money, but rather a chance for a fresh start.

Horton, 28, was a first-round pick in 2003 when he began with the Florida Panthers. He reached his career-high point total in consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2008, tallying 62 points for Florida. He came to Boston in 2010, when he had his best year as a Bruin.

The 6-foot-2 winger’s last contract was a six-year deal that averaged $4 million per season and he should earn at least that much on the open market. Free agency opens on July 5.


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