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Boston’s Horton returns to ice, skates for 40 minutes

Apr 4, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

Nathan Horton AP

Some news out of Boston this morning prior to Bruins practice — injured forward Nathan Horton skated for 40 minutes alongside goalie Tuukka Rask (also out with injury) and strength coach John Whitesides.

This is a big development for Horton. He’s been out of the lineup since Jan. 22 after suffering a concussion on a hit from Philly’s Tim Sestito and tried to resume skating back in early February.

The February return didn’t go well — Horton was shut down after experiencing post-concussion symptoms — and today was the first time he’s skated since the setback.

While Horton’s presence at practice was a welcome sight, Boston offered no potential timetable for his return. The skate appeared to be the first step in what figures to be a lengthy recovery, as the 26-year-old suffered two concussions in an eight-month span (the other coming in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals).

According to an earlier report from’s Joe Haggerty, the club isn’t optimistic Horton will return to the lineup this season.

  1. govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Hope he heals up soon. Even if not for the playoffs (though I’ll hold out hope), I hope he’s ready for next year.

  2. drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Good to have an update on Horty. I was starting to wonder if he’d ended up like Savard.

    • habsman - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      One guy is a noted “biter” (Savard) and the other (Horty) is a sucker puncher.

      Only Bruin fans would miss either one of them.

      Did you notice the cheering last night when Vitale got a puck in the face? Bruin fans are classy, right?

      • hairpie - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        Who has Horton sucker punched to deserve anything remotely to that type of reputation? Also, i was at the game and the place was absolutely dead silent when that happened. Dont tell me you are a butt hurt fan, are you?

      • cba77 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        Habsman…you are irrelavant, just like your team…go put on your Ottawa sweater so you can enjoy the playoffs too..

      • drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        It’s habsman…he seems to enjoy being wrong about everything he’s ever posted.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

        Even now Savard would probably be better than half your team.

      • jond86 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Another claim without any evidence to try and back it up eh… here ya go. Maybe this will help.

      • govtminion - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        It isn’t a post involving the Bruins without you trying to convince everyone that they and their fans are evil-incarnate, is it?

      • pepper2011 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:54 PM

        So that’s what it’s like live or root for a city that hasn’t won anything in almost TWO decades. Ouch.

      • boston1476 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Really habsman? Habs fans cheered when Chara got hit in the face with a shot this year. Also how many times have they booed the U.S. National Anthem? Oh, and let me see how the ignorance continues to poor out of Montreal, the were upset about the team hiring a coach who couldn’t speak French. OH GOD THE HUMANITY!! Who cares as long as he can coach!! WOW lot’s of class. Oh one more thing before I go…..Take a look at PK taking the Nestea plunge


      • kitshky - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        psst habsman …when there’s one thumbs up for your comment, and one thumbs down on everyone elses comment … everyone knows its youuuu.

        (boo bruins!)

      • donnieo14 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:43 PM

        Hey tough guy, when was the last time u chased a puck in the corner??????????????

  3. lordstanley65 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    It’s scary when you compare him to Savard, whom I think came back far too soon, and will probably never play again. I’d rather see them shelve Horty for the rest of the season and try him out again next year. The B’s have the personnel to get it done without him this year, so why screw around?

  4. jond86 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Good news, I hope his symptoms do not come back. There is no need to rush him at all!

  5. 8man - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I just laugh now when I read habman’s comments. I picture this pathetic, twitching milksop waiting to cheer if the Bruins get ousted from the playoffs like he would if his beloved Le Habitants won it all.

    Really, I’ve never been a big fan of Montreal, but I can’t say I’m taking much pleasure in their disarray. Half the teams in each conference make the playoffs. Some years you just don’t get enough points. Eh, whatever.

    Anyway, I’m relieved Horton is back on the ice. I look forward to him being back in the lineup.

    • hairpie - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Having the Habs relevant does nothing but help the sport we all love. Unfortunately that is going to take a long time now that they dont get first pick of all canadian born players in the draft. lol.

      • kitshky - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        They got to pick the first French-Canadian player …but your points still stand.

      • habsman - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Prior to the development of the Draft, NHL teams sponsored junior teams, and signed prospects in their teens to the junior teams. Back in the day, Montreal had upwards of 12 Junior teams they owned across Canada. The other 5 teams in the original 6 didn’t invest nearly as much and may have had one or two affiliate teams each. This gave Montreal a huge advantage especially in Quebec where they had the market cornered for French kids.

        The rules changed in ‘64 and an entry draft system was installed. Players that had been affiliated with Montreal were now eligible to be drafted by the other 5 teams. To appease Montreal, who had sponsored and developed these players, an agreement was made that allowed the Habs to have the top two picks from Quebec. The last year for this was 1969 when Montreal drafted Rejean Houle and Marc Tardiff. Had this system stayed in place one more year, they would have had the services of Gilbert Perreault.

  6. lucicfan603 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I hate montreal fans nothing but whine whine whine your team sucks get over it. You want to boo a player that’s your right. You see a player you don’t like and you want to cheer when he hurt fine. To boo during the national anthem is gutless show some class. All your players are cowards and divers like PK

  7. habsman - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Wow, lots of response from all you whiney-assed Bruin fans. Did I hit a Nerve? No cup for you this year. Too many incidents of sucker punching and cheap shots for the league to turn a blind eye like Greg’s daddy Colie did last year.

    Oh, and the Canadian anthem was first boo-ed during a Blue Jay game at Yankee stadium in the late 70’s not long after our goverment saved some of your citizen from Iran during the hostage situation.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      BEHOLD! The tinfoil-hatted ITG has returned!

    • donnieo14 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      hey tough guy. when was the last time you went in the corner ????

  8. boston1476 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Ughh what a Jerk. I regret being and quarter French Canadian rooted from Quebec. The ignorance speaks for itself. Yankees fans boo the anthem but Bruins fans are the classless ones. By the way, who are the Habs playing in the first round…….Oh yeah. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh. Too soon???

  9. arbruins - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Habsman = mindless Douche

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