Source on Horton's return: 'It's not close right now'

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Source on Horton's return: 'It's not close right now'

ST. LOUIS, MO The Bruins have struggled mightily in the offensive department without top line power forward Nathan Horton, and it looks like theres no return in sight for the concussed right wing.

Claude Julien revealed after Tuesdays practice at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis that Horton still hasnt resumed skating on his own after suffering a setback several weeks ago. A source close to Horton revealed to CSNNE.com on Tuesday that Hortons return is going to be awhile. Hes not close right now.

Thats an ominousdose of bad Horton news that the Bs didnt need.

The source stressed theres every belief that Horton will still return before the end of the regular season, but hes now missed 11 games and a month of hockey with what was originally diagnosed as a mild concussion after a blindside hit from Tom Sestito.

There are only 25 games remaining in the season and the head injury was Hortons second concussion within an eight-month span.

Those are all troubling factors in the realm of hockey players and head injuries.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted that the task of potentially replacing Horton has entered into the back of his mind during trade talks, but there are very few ready-made solutions for a 6-foot-2, 220-pound winger capable of potting 25 goals and providing a valuable net-front presence. In the back of my head its that he may be something that we have to replace. But I would expect him to be back," said Chiarelli, little more than a week agojust after Horton suffered his initial setback. "But we do look at players and say Hey, maybe this player could add to our depth, or maybe hed have to play a certain spot too like Hortons spot.

The Bruins are trying not to use it as an excuse, but theyve been shut out four times in 11 games without Horton while watching their goal production drop from 3.72 goals per game to 1.8 goals per game. Those kinds of numbers speak for themselves as does the players and coaches bemoaning their lack of net-front presence over the last few weeks.

Those are the exact assets that Horton brought to the table before getting taken out by the Sestito head hit.

It does have an effect. The injuries have disrupted our lines and our chemistry with each other. Weve had to move guys around and thats been a challenge, said Julien. You still have to overcome those things. Its not an excuse. Its reality. But were still a better team than the one thats been shut out lately.

It looks like theyll have to prove it without Horton as he continues to fight the uphill battle back from lingering concussion symptoms that arent going away.

Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

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Gary Tanguay hits the road to Houston for "Tanguay Takes America"

CSN and Tanguay to Provide Daily Patriots related stories from various cities on the way to Houston on TV, Online and through Social Media All Week Long

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl bound and will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  CSN New England’s Gary Tanguay is also Houston-bound, boarding a CSN trailer today and starting his road trip to Super Bowl 51 – and fans can get an inside look as TANGUAY TAKES AMERICA!
 
Tanguay departed from the CSN studios in Burlington, MA this morning at 6AM and has already logged more than 300 miles on his journey to Texas.  He will be making several Patriots-related stops along the way including places like New Jersey, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Orleans and more. 
 
"I'm looking forward to telling many off the field stories from the road," said Tanguay. “I’ll be checking in throughout each day on TV, online and on social media and look forward to bringing Patriots fans different types of stories that they normally don’t see.”  
 
“Tanguay Takes America” will be a fun, interactive way for Patriots fans to get ready for the big game as the New England Patriots continue their “drive for five”. This is just the beginning of the robust Patriots Super Bowl coverage that CSN will offer over the next two weeks and through game-day.
 
Among the stops and visits that Gary will make:

  • A visit to the city of the team they just beat (Pittsburgh), plus the city of the team they’ll play (Atlanta)
  • The Capitol Impact of the Patriots going to another Super Bowl
  • A meet-up with Troy Brown at his home in West Virginia
  • Stops in towns that hold roots of success for some of the current Patriots
  • A visit to where the Patriots Dynasty began 

Patriots fans can follow Gary’s journey via @Gary_Tanguay and CSNNE on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on CSNNE.com and on CSN’s television programming. 

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Monday, Jan. 23: Yandle endorses Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while sorting through all the Bruins-related alternative facts out there.

*Matthew Tkachuk is having some disagreements with his parents about his mouth-guard usage with the Calgary Flames.

*Former Yotes D-man Keith Yandle says that the Arizona Coyotes “know what they’re doing” despite their decent to the cellar in the Western Conference.

*Insights on every goaltending situation in the NHL from the crack ESPN.com staff breaking down the fantasy rankings.

*The struggles continue for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they can’t seem to gain any traction in the Atlantic Division.

*Wayne Simmonds took the blame for a late penalty that led to Philly’s undoing as they battle for playoff position in the East.

*Sounds like Patrik Laine might be nearing a return to the lineup, and that’s a very good thing for the Winnipeg Jets.

*For something completely different: We have a title for the next Star Wars film. It’s going to be called “The Last Jedi.”