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Report: Horton dealing with chronic shoulder dislocation

Jun 13, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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We’ve had plenty to talk about regarding injured Bruins forward Nathan Horton today except for one huge detail: What exactly his ailment is. That may have been cleared up, however.

D.J. Bean at WEEI radio in Boston reports Horton’s problem is a dislocated shoulder and it’s one he’s been having treated throughout the playoffs. As it is, coach Claude Julien says Horton is day-to-day.

The report says Horton has received treatment for the injury throughout the playoffs including shots before each game. The shoulder has reportedly popped out multiple times through the postseason but last night’s was apparently the most painful instance yet.

Curiously enough, the injury first occurred late in the regular season against Pittsburgh when Horton fought none other than Jarome Iginla on April 20. That injury kept Horton out of action for the final five games of the season. The coincidence of Iginla having an effect on the Bruins despite not playing for them is something that won’t be lost on anyone.

We likely won’t get any confirmation on his injury until after the Stanley Cup Final is over. It is possible to keep playing despite the chronic nature of the injury, but it’s much easier for it to pop out each time it does happen. As’s Joe Haggerty points out, he’s had his shoulder worked on early in his career for similar problems.

  1. titansbro - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    The difference between NBA players & NHL players. Wade dislocates his shoulder & gets wheeled off the court in a wheelchair. It’s all they talk about on sports center. And then misses the entire season. Horton does it, you don’t even hear about it in the news, & then plays through the playoffs.

    • polegojim - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I’ve been there… and it’s very painful…. hurts most of the time, but excruciating during some of the weirdest motions too… when you least expect it, like reaching for something even repositioning in a chair.

      Horton is a stud to play through that.

      • doubles22 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        Me too, polego. Holy Hannah did that ever hurt. Tore my labrum back in the day. You too?

  2. mz1394 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    That’s Paul pierce with the wheelchair NOT Wade nice try tho

    • sundevil98 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      Honestly, all those basketball wusses look alike.

    • soj83 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      No, he was right, it was Wade getting wheeled off in tears with a shoulder injury. Pierce did get carried off with a knee injury. The saddest was Kobe Bryant getting constant news updates for a jammed finger. But to Titansbro’s point, anyone remember Hecht losing part of his ear and playing the next day, or Vannanen breaking his leg at the shin and skating off at full speed, or my favorite, Pronger having his heart stop after getting hit with a puck and playing the most minutes in the NHL 2 days later.

  3. charleslouis99 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

  4. rushledger - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Odds are he has a torn labrum, those don’t heal on their own, he’ll need offseason surgery. I knew after the Iginla fight he had a recurring issue because it always happened in 2011, those add up and it just gets worse and worse until its dealt with, just ask Taylor hall or myself lol.

    • bman7206 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Did you have to miss any playoff games?

    • mp1131211 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      Doesn’t look like a torn labrum to me, but hard to tell just from watching. Looks like what they said- recurring dislocation.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Man. Sounds painful. Just goes to show you that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win.

  6. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Should injuries really be a story at this point of the playoffs? No one is 100% if they made it to the cup.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Well it isn’t a blister, so…..

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      No kidding, why write about an injury that could potentially keep out one of the top performing forwards in the Cup

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Bruises? Strains? Maybe I agree with you. This injury? Yeah, it’s news. Dude’s a stud.

  7. thesportsjudge - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    As much as Tuukka Rask’s pay most likely increased (due to the 3rd round), this injury report(?) probably will cost Horton just as much.

    Small joke: If Horton plays well in the regular season and the playoffs, but can’t play in the Final, what team should he sign with this offseason?
    Answer: San Jose!

  8. betrayedbylife - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:02 AM


    (even though neither team cares)

    • govtminion - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      Ugh, no kidding. I was hoping against hope that the end of the Eastern Finals would be the end of hearing about this Iginla vs. Boston crap. Alas.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        C’mon now. Maybe he’s trying out for Pierre McGuire’s job. You know, slide a Pitt reference into every moment possible.

      • govtminion - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        If he starts humping Malkin’s leg, we’ll know for sure. (Seriously, during the Ottawa series it was like McGuire was fawning all over Malkin at every opportunity- even when he wasn’t on the ice. It was pathetic!)

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        @hockeydon10 Pierre McGuire’s job is NOT available. He will never get HIS dream job of being Crosby’s GM, so why would he leave his job? LOL

  9. rushledger - Jun 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Hey Bman2706 good news during my shoulder injuries I didn’t miss any playoff games because of them! Neither did the oilers players who had the same injuries.

  10. theskinsman - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    This isn’t good. No way Horton can be as effective as he’d normally be. Others will have to step up, and Julien, that doesn’t mean Jagr!

  11. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Seguin’s monkey just turned into a gorilla.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      There’s a doctor for that.

  12. nhstateline - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Agree. I have had a subluxation injury. It was a knee but after finding out Horton was playing with one of these, I’m impressed with his toughness and not surprised that he might have missed part of one game and might come back in the next one or two. My knee always hurt a little when I had this but when it would really pop, it felt like it exploded each time. It looks like that’s what happened with Horton the other night. He touched another player and it just moved. The knee always felt like it was moving around but when it really popped it felt like it wasn’t connected to the leg, I would imagine his shoulder is the same deal, it sometimes does its own thing and sometimes doesn’t feel like he can control it. It’s a testament to how tough these guys are in general and Nathan Horton is in particular that he can just deal with it and try to keep going.

  13. malkinrulez - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I’ll be surprised if Horton doesn’t play. Guy is a beast and tough as they come.

  14. jpat2424 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    It’s very painful. My wife had to deal with her shoulders popping out a couple years ago from a old volleyball injury and Horton has to worry about 200 pounds guys banging him into the boards. Feel bad for him. Hopefully surgery in the off season. Go Hawks.

  15. sprtsfan1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    He’s a warrior, he’ll play for the glory of the cup. This is coming from a Hawks fan.

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