Chiarelli: Horton looks 'great,' has begun 'exertion exercises'

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Chiarelli: Horton looks 'great,' has begun 'exertion exercises'

Its been nearly two months since the Bruins last took the ice, but the injury reports are still coming in.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed to CSNNE.com on Thursday that Adam McQuaid and Nathan Horton had both recently checked in with the teams medical staff and the news was good.
McQuaid and Horton were both missing from the playoff roster due to concussion issues of differing magnitudes. McQuaid missed a number of regular season games after a concussion suffered in late March, and couldnt recover in time for the playoff series against the Capitals.
The brawny defenseman hasnt experienced any concussion symptoms in weeks and was given full medical clearance last week.
Im told by our doctors that McQuaid was in Boston last week and he was cleared, said Chiarelli.
Meanwhile, Horton missed the final 36 games of the regular season after suffering a head shot at the hands of the Flyers Tom Sestito, and has endured setbacks along the way to recovery. But the Bs power forward has begun exertion exercises over the last few weeks designed to raise his heart rate the final set of test barriers for a player trying to shed post-concussion symptoms. According to the Boston GM, Horton is close to being given a clean bill of health.
Horton was in last week as well and is close to being cleared. Hes starting some exertion exercises, said Chiarelli. But he looked great and there should be no problems being ready for next season.
Chiarelli again stressed that both players were missed in a major way against the Capitals in their seven game defeat during the playoffs, and will be healthy difference-makers for the Bs this fall. It may be some time before a player like Horton is fully back to his snarling, edgy, physical self, but thats the final hurdle once good health has been achieved.
Hortons injury was big. Were a deep team, but were also a very balanced team. If you lose one thing from our team then it throws everything else off. Thats what happened to a certain degree, said Chiarelli. You missed his size, you missed his skating and you missed his shot. Hortons absence takes away from that top line to throw them off-balance and one of our strengths from last year the third line they were thrown off-kilter as well.
If all goes according to plan medically, then the Bruins should in perfect balance when they open next season with a healthy Horton and McQuaid.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.