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B’s might need to find a replacement for Horton

Feb 15, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli says he expects winger Nathan Horton (concussion) to be back.

He sure doesn’t sound convinced though.

“I expect [Horton] to be back. He’s progressing. I would think he’d be back,” said Chiarelli, as per CSNNE.com. “In the back of my head it’s that he may be something that we have to replace. But I would expect him to be back. But we do look at players and say ‘Hey, maybe this player could add to our depth, or maybe he’d have to play a certain spot too’ like Horton’s spot.”

Horton (17G, 15A) has missed the last eight games, a stretch that’s seen the B’s go 3-5-0 and get blanked three times. His absence isn’t the only explanation for the team’s mini-slump, but it hasn’t helped.

Acquiring a player who could step in for Horton, if necessary, won’t be easy for Chiarelli.

Oilers winger Ales Hemsky could provide some offense, and the pending UFA is likely to be dealt prior to the Feb. 27 trade deadline. But Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini will have plenty of suitors given the dearth of available players. Not to mention, Hemsky is no Horton when it comes to size and strength.

Washington’s Mike Knuble is another, bigger option – a healthy scratch the past few games, the 39-year-old might have lost a step, as evidenced by his three goals in 53 games. However, he’s only one season removed from scoring 24. A fresh start with a contender could be energizing.

Or maybe the B’s will just get Rick Nash.

  1. bear654 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I really hope the B’s don’t go for Nash. They’re going to need Rask and he would have to go to CBJ if that deal goes down.

    • odj810 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      not to mention his cap hit would make it tough to resign future core players. anyteam is going to have to deal with that if he comes to there team

  2. govtminion - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Hemsky: Intriguing. I like this idea actually, he’d be a good fit alongside Seguin.

    Knuble: Not really front-six material, but he’s got that physical edge the B’s love so much.

    Nash: Keep dreaming, not happening. (I mean, I hope, but… come on)

    • bear654 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      I actually think Knuble makes the most sense out of those mentioned. Size, net front presence, good on PP, probably can get him for relatively cheap due to recent struggles.

      • govtminion - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        He’s also the only one in the Eastern conference, though. McPhee is unlikely to want to trade him to a team that he might see in the first round (assuming the Caps snap out of their season-long funk to get in). Not to say it wouldn’t happen, but it would be surprising to me.

  3. gitmo70 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    I like what Roenick said. Chicago is looking for goaltending. Tim Thomas for Patrick Kane, it’s a win-win situation!

  4. captaincanuck84 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Tim Thomas for Patrick Kane? haha you must be a moron….thomas is near retirement and the 2nd best goalie on his team and kane is a superstar entering his prime. That thinking must mean you are a bruins fan, which equals stupidity

    • bruins33 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      6 goals in his last 39 games. definitely a superstar entering his prime… HA
      Kane for Pouliot sounds like a fair deal to me.
      Thomas has 5 solid years in him, dude just won the vezina

    • bruins33 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      puck the ‘nucks

  5. habsman - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    How about Sestito…..or Cooke……or Carcillo?

    If your going to replace Horton, its going to need to be another sucker punching cheap shot artist right?

    Karma=Horton.

    • koyoteken - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      Man, life must be tough from the bottom of the standings……………

    • crmgoodness - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Or Subban…or Bourque…

      Habsman, you are so selectively forgetful about your own teams players of questionable repute it’s comical. And your sentiment regarding Horton embodies that of a fanbase that would boo a national anthem, cheer a player taking a puck to the head and base the value of a coach on his linguistics . Simple and pathetic.

      You bring so little to the conversation on such a consistent basis that banning you would hardly go noticed.

      • habsman - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Booing anthems started in New York in the 90’s when the Blue Jays were relevent. So whats good for the goose……

        I can name 20 cities that cheer injuries. Not saying its right, but……

        So who’s forgetful?

        And another cheap shot by Marchand tonight on Emelin, you must be proud.

      • crmgoodness - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        Two wrongs make a right eh?

        Boston fans gave Au Canada a standing ovation after you folks booed.

      • crmgoodness - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

        And for cheap shots…Hall Gill’s leg check on Peverly was second to none tonight.

      • habsman - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Typical response from a Bruin fan. Deflect attention from a cowardly act. Point a finger in another direction.

        I saw the Gill knee on Peverley. To try and compare it to Marchand’s deliberate attempt to injure with 2 seconds left in the period to (Gill is a guy who hasn’t been suspended to my knowledge in 14 years) is beyond stupid.

        But go ahead and do the “spin.” Boston fans favorite dance.

        Two games for nose boy, a multiple offender.

      • bruins33 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        you’re totally right, Marchand, when approaching Emelin, had no other thought in his mind but that he was going to go low and demolish Emelin’s knee.
        Marchand clearly is trying to stop before hitting Emelin and ends up hitting him a little low. And what does Emelin do, drops to the ice like his knee is blown out and that he will never play hockey again, to sell a call. — Typical Montreal.

        You don’t see Peverley doing that.

      • habsman - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        Spin, spin, spin…..good luck with that. Just too many cheap shot incidents to defend.

        Outside of Boston, I would bet that most hockey people would call that hit dirty. Especially with less than 2 seconds remaining in the period.

        But hey, knock yourself out defending nose boy. How many of these incidents have your Bruins been involved in in the past two years? Hard to keep track isn’t it?

      • crmgoodness - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:44 AM

        Why limit it to two years…since 2008

        Games suspended: Montreal 18, Boston 16

      • habsman - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        You’ve just made my point exactly. The league, (until the past couple of months) has avoided suspending Bruins for repeated cheap shots. Especially last year. But I’m sure the fact that Colie Campbell has a son playing for the Bruins has nothing to do with it. Right?

      • crmgoodness - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

        Actually, you have no point. 15 of the 16 games the Bruins have been suspended have come in the last 2 years. That’s right, since Greg Campbell joined the team. Please don’t let logic and facts get in the way of your continued Collie Campbell references though, they add as much value to your posts as anything else you include.

  6. matthews4 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    I would like to see them move Caron to the Lucic Krecji line. I actually think that they should try and trade for either Jones from the Avs or Bassard from CBJ. Bassard may go for a second and a mid level prospect. Jones maybe a second and a fourth. They could always also trade Pouliot.

    • bruins33 - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      I haven’t really seen enough from Caron that would call from him to play with the likes of Krecji and Lucic. I think Peverley fills Hortons spot better.

  7. matthews4 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Why hasn’t habsman been banned yet? He has done almost all of the things that are supposed to get you banned. Everyone knows the B’s have become a product of their environment. They watched as the NHL did nothing while liberties where taken against Bergy and Savy. They now have a team that will get down and dirty with anybody who does these things, and they are the villains? Let’s remember history correctly all the crap that happened with Nucks was started by Burrows biting. As far as the Canadian Olympic diving team goes(The Habs), I am sick of the hypocrisy. We all know Punk Kid is an angel who never elbows anybody in the face or anything like that. Yeah right. Take a look in the mirror dude its not like the Habs are the model team.

    • habsman - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Thats right matthews, ban everybody who doesn’t agree with you, or hurts your feelings. What a baby.

      • blkeskimo1785 - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Troll.

  8. arbruins - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Habsman…Grow up!

  9. gitmo70 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Captaincanuck you must be the moron. I didn’t come up with it you ass, the story about him saying it is on this site!

  10. captaincanuck84 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Gitmo, you are a moron. The story on this site about trading Patrick Kane is for Ryan miller, not tim Thomas. Kane is 23 and Thomas is 37. Name a team that would make that trade? Nobody would, regardless that he just won the vezina.

    6 goals in his last 39 games…not great numbers but you are forgetting he is more of a playmaker than a sniper. He would rank tied for 2nd on the bruins in scoring right now and this is his worst year. Based on this logic you would have to say ovechkin is no longer a superstar. Do some homework and get a clue before you open your mouth bruinsfan

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