The Boston Bruins announced today that Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid, both dealing with concussion, have been cleared for contact and will be fully healthy at training camp. The Bruins also announced that Tyler Seguin is progressing on his right hand injury that required surgery.
The defending champion Bruins were shocked in the first round of this year’s playoffs by the Washington Capitals in seven games. Part of the reason for the team’s poor postseason performance can be blamed on the many injuries the team faced.
Nathan Horton is one of the Bruins offensive leaders. He first suffered a concussion during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver. The hit by Aaron Rome knocked him out the rest of the finals. Horton returned the following season but suffered yet another concussion about halfway through the season against the Philadelphia Flyers that knocked him out for the remainder of the regular season and then the post season.
McQuaid is a big, strong, and tough defenseman for the Bruins. Adam McQuaid suffered a concussion near the end of the regular season when he got charged from behind by Washington Capital’s Jason Chimera. He returned the following week but only lasted one period and left with post-concussion symptoms.
Tyler Seguin was one of the Bruin’s best players throughout the season but battled a right wrist injury. Nearing the end of the season, Seguin suffered a detached tendon. Seguin decided to play through the injury and the pain that came with it as team doctors said the injury wouldn’t worsen. He had surgery on it shortly after his season ended.
In a press conference announcing Claude Julien’s extension, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli gave updates on all these players. He said, “Horton has been cleared for contact and our medical staff says he’ll be ready to go when we start playing. McQuaid has already been fully cleared medically. Seguin is coming along according to schedule if not even ahead of that.”
This is great news for Boston. Expect them to compete for another Northeast Division championship next season and make a deeper run into the playoffs if their star players can remain healthy.
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