The 34-year-old Audette had three goals and five assists in 23 games with the Montreal Canadiens this season before having his contract bought out Jan. 2. He was an All-Star as recently as 2001, when he played for the Atlanta Thrashers.
"He is an extremely talented, hardworking and intense forward that can score goals, as indicated by his All-Star selection in 2001," Panthers general manager Rick Dudley said.
An MRI exam revealed Horton had a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, and the center will have surgery Tuesday. The third overall pick by the Panthers in last year's draft, Horton had 10 goals, third best on the team.
The Panthers also sent defenseman Jeff Paul to San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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