Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton is recovering from a January concussion and skating on his own, but general manager Peter Chiarelli says it's a "long shot" that Horton returns for the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to ESPN Boston.
"If he were to be cleared at some point, he would need at least a couple of weeks to get back," Chiarelli said today. "He's quite far off right now. I know he's skating, but he's having little bouts here and there of post-concussion symptoms. It's a long shot. I'm not going to rule him out, yet, but it's a long shot."
Horton's concussion in January was his second in seven months; he missed the final 36 games of the regular season. The Bruins finished strong without him, going 49-29-4 to earn the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Horton is far from the Bruins' only healh concern -- defensemen Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Adam McQuaid (eye) are day to day, while backup goalie Tuukka Rask remains questionable with a groin/abdominal injury. The Bruins open the postseason at home Thursday night against the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals.