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Julien says he’s done giving Horton updates: “We don’t know what concussions are all about”

Feb 7, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

Claude Julien AP

Want a health update on Nathan Horton? If yes, you’ll have to ask someone other than Claude Julien.

The 51-year-old Bruins head coach told reporters he’s “done talking about” Horton, who has been out since Jan. 23 with a concussion.

“I can’t give you an update every day on this guy because it could be long, it could be short,” Julien said. “When you see him on the ice with us, it’s going to be a really good sign, so we’ll leave it at that.”

Horton’s missed the last five games after suffering a concussion against Philadelphia and only recently resumed skating. Because of his high profile — Horton scored the goal that sent Boston to the Stanley Cup finals, his wife is a former Playboy model and the great-niece of Jacques Plante — and highly-publicized concussion suffered at the hands of Aaron Rome, there has been plenty of speculation about his health and impending return.

Not helping matters (well, Julien’s matters anyway) is Boston’s prior history with players taking extended leaves for concussion rehab — most notably, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard.

So it’s understandable why local scribes are asking questions about Horton’s health.

Julien, though, is done replying.

“I don’t have the answer, so I’m not going to give you an answer,” he said. “We don’t know what concussions are all about. There are forward steps, there are backwards steps. I can’t just come out here every day and give you guys an update, because it doesn’t make sense.”

The problem here is that staying silent on an issue won’t make it go away. Not saying anything about Horton leads to speculation about Horton — something CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty brought up. He writes that “nobody can tell” if Boston’s silence means Horton had a setback while skating, or if he’s ready to take the next step and resume practicing.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Not everyone is a drama queen that needs a “no progress” update everyday. Nice call, Julien, and good answer about the daily questions.

  2. davebabychreturns - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Paging Dr. Recchi…

    In seriousness it’s hard to take issue with Julien on this one. We don’t know a lot about recovery from concussions but if the atmosphere of daily updates and timelines and so on get back to the player at all I am sure they create stress, and players should be free to focus on recovery without that – particularly players suffering from brain injuries as stress can really have an adverse effect.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Pretty much. I’m happy with updates when they hit key recovery points: light exercise, hard exercise, skating, contact, ready to play. We don’t need incremental updates on anything in between those steps, only if a player goes up a level or starts having symptoms again and regresses.

  3. bigtganks - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    It’s a classless move…

    • miketoasty - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Thanks for explaining for reasoning.

    • govtminion - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Can you explain that? I don’t agree, mind you, but if you have a reason for feeling that way I’m all ears for it at least.

    • bobwsc - Feb 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      meaning your quote? agreed.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Feb 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    what Julien is saying is, we don’t know what we don’t know. the best doctors in Boston don’t know. so don’t ask. it would be moronic. i agree. nuff said.

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