Horton's risk vs reward 

July, 19, 2013
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When the Columbus Blue Jackets locked up Nathan Horton with a seven-year, $31.7 million contract earlier this month, it caught everyone's attention around the hockey world. On the one hand, it's good to see talented free agents looking the Blue Jackets' way -- especially with the struggles they've endured on the ice since they joined the league. And it's good to see the organization make a push and be willing to pay for the sort of player that could help them take the next step as they switch over to the Eastern Conference.

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