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Report: Boston’s Horton unlikely to play again this year

Mar 27, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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According to a source of’s Joe Haggerty, the chances of Nathan Horton returning to the Bruins lineup this season fall somewhere between slim to none.

There have been no extensive organizational conversations about shutting down Horton as of yet, but the B’s concussed power forward “[won’t be returning] anytime soon.”

With six games left in the regular season after Tuesday night’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning, not much time is left for Horton attempt a comeback. And it doesn’t appear he will be attempting that comeback soon.

“[They] haven’t had those discussions yet, but it’s not too difficult to figure it out,” the source said when asked if the B’s have reached a point where it makes sense to shut down Horton for the year.

If he misses the rest of the regular season, Horton will have missed 30 games with what was first termed a “mild” concussion.

Horton’s been out of the Boston lineup since Jan. 22 after taking a blindside hit to the head from Philly’s Tom Sestito, suffering his second concussion in eight months. The “mild” diagnosis and lengthy recovery only speaks to how uncertain things can be following a concussion. In mid-February, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he “expected” Horton to come backafter Horton suffered a setback upon trying to skate.

(Note: Haggerty does mention the Bruins “have been much less firm in their statements as Horton’s recovery has flattened out.”)

If Horton is unable to return, it’ll be a blow to Boston’s Stanley Cup defense. The 26-year-old was a key contributor in last year’s playoffs, scoring 17 points in 21 games, including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

  1. broadstbully33 - Mar 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM


    • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      You are truly a piece of garbage. BTW how is Pronger doing?

      • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        goes both ways..

    • terriers4 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      i don’t get it, whats so funny? A player got seriously hurt and his career might be over? Ya you’re right what a hilarious thing *sarcasm*.

  2. mydadyourmom - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    way she goes.

  3. GenoPringles - Mar 27, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I think Tom Sesito bagged my groceries at Walmart today and I couldn’t have Ben happier. Philly is such scum and they are clearly tanking right now so they dont have to face The Franchise. Fear the soupcan filthy

  4. habsman - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Too bad. One less suckerpuncher to worry about.

    • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      I was gonna say something witty to your comment..but then I saw you are a habs fan. Probably high fived your buddy when Ribeiro wailed in pain flopping all over the ice.

    • 8man - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      It’s a big loss. And being the Bruins hater you are, it’s got to make you feel good. But not good enough, I’m sure, to diminish the shame and disappointment that is the Canadiens franchise right now. I’m truly sorry they won’t make the playoffs, because I want to see my B’s come back from 2-0 again and end the Habs season.

      Oh, wait…I’ve got game 7 on DVD…maybe I’ll just pop that baby in right now. Nope. Can’t do it now, the B’s are in the middle of a critical game against the Lightening to maintain their playoff position.

      Maybe tomorrow.

  5. arbruins - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    We will definitely miss Horton in the playoffs this year Habsman…which one of your habs will you miss the most in the playoffs this year? Haha…every one of them!

  6. arbruins - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    And judging by all of your repetitive comments, you know nothing about the sport…you must be repeating things that your parents talk about at the dinner table.

  7. amerika1313 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Never understood snide comments when it comes to injured players. Especially when it comes to concussions. Anyone who laughed at or mocked Pacioretty or Pronger when they were hurt is brainless and no fan of the game. Nothing funny about a guy maybe facing a career-ending injury. Nothing funny about Horton losing most of his season. I guess nothing’s out of bounds for folks who don’t really give a damn about the game, huh? As long as you get your jabs in, right?

  8. habsman - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Lots of rebuttal, but not one single Bruin fan has disputed that Horton is a sucker puncher. He got what was coming, but keep pointing fingers in another direction. Typical.

    Good luck trying the cheap shot routine this year. Too many eyes on the Bruins this year to turn a blind eye. Perhaps Horton can get together with that finger biter Savard and rehab.

    • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      How is he a sucker punch. You haven’t done anything here but just say he is one…that doesn’t make it so

    • jond86 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      You sound more like a sore Canadien’s fan who watched Nathan Horton score 2 OT goals against you and a game winner. How has it been watching your team sit dead last and the only fight they have is against each other in practice?

    • amerika1313 - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      There are sucker punchers on every single team in the NHL. What’s your point? How does that make it alright to celebrate or mock a guy’s concussion? This is pretty low, even for you.

    • spokedjackets - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      “Keep pointing fingers in the other direction” Shame on you habsman. A good internet troll never gives out his own personal strategy.

    • pete387 - Mar 28, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      At least the Bruins drop the gloves when challenged. Unlike Subban, Emelin and the rest of the Habs who hide behind the refs. How’s the view from the basement? Have fun golfing early for the next 5 years.

    • homelanddefense - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      You are the one accusing someone of something, the burden of proof is on you.

      Saying someone who got injured is getting what they deserve, I cant think of a better cheap shot. And you talking about pointing fingers at people, oh the hypocrisy.

  9. phillyphever - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Shame, another career going to waste because of concussion issues. As much as people are complaining about the “wussification” of hockey (and football as well), this is the main reason why: careers end way too early for players that sustain concussions. Hopefully there’s a day in which a cure for concussions is found.

    BTW, Sisteto shouldn’t be in the NHL. Pretty much offers nothing to the team except stupid penalties.

  10. arbruins - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    When you see a post from Habsman, it is a sure bet that the same words will be repeated in all of his posts. Boring and careless!

  11. artifaktz - Mar 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    First off, anyone who cheers for the canadiens has half a brain to begin with. Enjoy watching the PGA or whatever it is you choose. Maybe Subban can be Tigers caddy! Enjoy the extended summer losers cause you and I both know you have plenty ahead with that pathetic organization you call a team! Go B’s Go!

  12. flyersfan121827 - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    That sucks

  13. tmjm621 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Good, one less boston bastard to worry about cheap shotting someone

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