Horton 'all set' for Bruins training camp

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Horton 'all set' for Bruins training camp

One of the biggest question marks surrounding this years Bruins team is the health and effectiveness of Nathan Horton. Those questions will start to be answered in the next couple of days as Horton is expected to be back in Boston tomorrow and should be back skating with his Bruins teammates by this weekend.

Horton missed the final 36 games of the regular season and the playoff series against the Washington Capitals after taking a Tom Sestito blindside hit in a late January game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins right winger suffered his second concussion within an eight month period as a result and was still suffering from concussion-related symptoms in April.

But Horton was cleared medically over the summer prior to the Sept. 15 NHL lockout date, and shouldnt have any limitations when Bruins training camp gets started this weekend.

Hes all set and he has been for some time, said Hortons agent, Paul Krepelka. Hes really looking forward to playing again.

It will be an important season for Horton to remain healthy and productive as hell be an unrestricted free agent following the 2013 NHL season. The 27-year-old Horton should also provide a boost to the Bruins stagnant power play as he led them with six power play strikes last season despite basically missing the second half of the season. In 46 games Horton finished with 17 goals and 32 points. The Bruins will gladly take that kind of production from the 2011 Game 7 playoff hero.

WEEI.com was the first to report that Horton was back on the ice skating over the last four months while preparing for the NHL lockout to mercifully end at some point. Now its time for Horton to take his rightful place alongside linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic after the Bruins scrambled to replace his vacant spot last season after his concussion.

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.

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Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
 
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
 
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
 
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.


 
And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.


 
Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
 
A league source tells CSNNE.com that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”