Horton 'coming along' from concussion symptoms

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Horton 'coming along' from concussion symptoms

Nathan Horton missed the final 36 games of the regular season with a concussion, and it was clear the Bruins missed him offensively in a big, big way.

Boston was never truly the same without their top line right winger, and finished with an 18-16-2 record after his Jan. 21 concussion suffered against the Flyers. The Bruins averaged only 2.67 goals per game during that span of 36 games and never truly recovered their dominant level of play achieved with Horton in November and December.

So it can only be taken as good news Horton is coming along well in his recovery from a concussion during the offseason. Horton was shut down at the start of the playoffs when his post-concussion symptoms hadnt completely subsided after the blind side hit from Tom Sestito.

But the Bruins ended the playoffs with Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli voicing expectation that Bostons Game 7 playoff hero would be ready to go for September training camp.

Hortons agent, Paul Krepelka, told CSNNE.com 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.

With Rich Peverley forced to take Hortons spot alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci during the playoffs, it effectively weakened both the first and third line for a team that had succeeded with depth during last years Cup run.

A healthy Horton could make all the difference for the Bruins in a free agent contract year where the 27-year-old will be motivated to prove hes healthy and ready to resume his productive combination of power and skill.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.