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Nathan Horton’s concussion recovery is going well

May 23, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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The Bruins weren’t the same team this season once Nathan Horton was put out of commission by a concussion. Horton’s concussion issues left Boston hurting on the wings and without one of their better goal scorers. Now he’s aiming to come back in time for next season and things are shaping up well.

Joe Haggerty from hears from Horton’s agent about how Horton’s progress is going and there’s reason for the Bruins to be cautiously optimistic.

Horton’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told that the goal-scoring forward is still on track for a healthy start to next season with three more full months of rest and recovery still in front of him.

“Nathan is coming along,” wrote Krepelka in a text message while keeping tabs with his client this offseason. “We would hope he is good to go at the start of training camp.”

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said adding a top six winger to the team is something he wants to do in the summer but getting Horton back would provide a big lift as David Krejci and Milan Lucic seemed lost without their right wing. If it’s Horton and another top six forward joining the lineup next season, the Bruins will be looking awfully good out of the chute.

  1. stevie777587 - May 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Like a boxer with a glass jaw, all hockey and football players should be evaluated for this diagnosable condition known as temporal mandibular joint dysfunction. One experts suggests this disease can exacerbate symptoms similar to concussion. Dings, bell ringers, headache and minor mtbi due to forces translated through the chin strap should be a focus. New data and a research initiative by the U.S. Army should help understand this element of trauma. Reducing the risk of these symptoms with an oral appliances used in the NFL for decades may help.

  2. mgp1219 - May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Welcome back, Horty. We missed you.

    Now, with Horton back and Dougie Hamilton ready to make his debut, this could be a very interesting season for the B’s, provided key players stay healthy.

    • pastabelly - May 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      The Horton injury impacted every single line. But I agree that the team needs another top six forward. I’m good with Krecji-Lucic-Horton and Bergeron-Seguin-Marchand. But Peverley-Kelly need a better thrid linemate than Pouliot. If a top six forward is available, Marchand could go down to the third line and the Bruins would be a threat again.

  3. habsman - May 23, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Sucker-puncher got exactly what he deserved. Then again that team is loaded with them. And they have the biggest diver in the league (Nose Boy) Marchand.

    • jefferson906 - May 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      DIAF habs scum.

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