Jul 24, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT
Chiarelli passed along the good news at a press conference for head coach Claude Julien, the recent recipient of a multi-year contract extension.
It’s expected Horton will be ready for training camp. The 27-year-old winger missed the last 36 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs with his second concussion in less than a year.
A healthy Horton reduces the need for Chiarelli to go out and acquire a top-six forward.
The question now is whether Horton can remain healthy.
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