The NHL's new two-day interview period has given teams an opportunity to meet with free agents before the signing period begins on July 5. One team that was known to take advantage of that on Wednesday was the Columbus Blue Jackets as they hosted former Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton. Horton, one of the top free agents available this summer, was in Columbus on Wednesday to tour the Nationwide Arena according to his agent, Paul Krepelka (via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch). The Blue Jackets have a pretty big need for offense after falling short of the postseason for the fourth straight year in 2013. They put together an impressive second half surge to remain in contention until the final weekend of the regular season only to fall short of one of the Western Conference's eight playoff spots. The problem for Columbus is that a lot of that second half success came on the back of a Vezina Trophy performance from goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The Blue Jackets finished the regular season 25th in the league in goals scored (2.40 per game) and 27th in shots per game (26.7) so they obviously need more punch offensively. During their second half surge they averaged just 2.50 goals over their final 27 games, a number that would have still been in the bottom third of the league had they averaged taht over a full season.
Nathan Horton visited Columbus on Wednesday
CBS Sports | Jul 3