BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) - Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton hasn't ruled out re-signing with the team, but not after seeing what else is out there.
According to multiple reports, Horton told Bruins general manger Peter Chiarelli that he'll opt for free agency, which begins Friday July 5th.
In 43 regular season games, Horton, 28, managed only 13 goals and 9 assists, but was a big reason Boston advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years when he tallied 7 goals and 12 assists in just 22 games.
Comcast Sports Net's Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty reported earlier in the week that Horton could seek a five- or six-year deal worth up to $6 million annually.
In three seasons with Boston, Horton has compiled 56 goals and 51 assists.
He was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with FLorida in 2010. The B's also acquired fellow forward Gregory Campbell in that deal which sent defenseman Dennis Wideman, a first- and third-round pick to the Panthers
Other members of the Bruins scheduled to become free-agents include winger Jaromir Jagr (unrestricted), defenseman Andrew Ference (unrestricted), and goalie Tuuka Rask (restricted).