The Bruins are just about back together. Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley, Daniel Paille, and Aaron Johnson joined their teammates in Boston today for informal skates. Only David Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, and Anton Khubobin are yet to arrive. Krejci is expected back in Boston soon, along with Khudobin. Hamilton most likely won't be in town until training camp officialy starts as he is still playing the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL.
The good news here is that Horton, who hasn't played since Jan. 22, 2012, is feeling healthy and ready to go.
"I feel great," Horton told the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa. "I've had a lot of time to work out and get back to normal. Obviously it's been tough for everyone this year. It's not the way anybody wanted it to be. But I feel great. Better than I have in a long time."
"I'm not even worried about my head,"Horton told CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty. "Or being in contact; or getting into a fight. I feel better than I have in a long, long time."
A healthy Horton is just what the Bruins need. If Tyler Seguin can carry over the success he found in Switzerland, it would give the Bruins two talented goal scorers.
In other news, Khudobin, expected to be Tuukka Rask's backup this year, is contemplating going back to the KHL when his contract with the Bruins ends.
"I can say that these three months have been simply excellent," Khudobin told RSport, a Russian media outlet. “In the summer my contract with Boston finishes, and the choice of which league to play is going to be a serious dilemma.
“I could definitely turn up in the KHL, why not? Here you get really good hockey, it's a really decent league. The KHL is taking confident steps forward, and that's something that's really pleasing."
Khudobin was 6-14-4 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.96 goals against average in the KHL this season. His contract is set to expire at the end of this season.
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