LOWELL, Mass. — Bruins forward Nathan Horton feels fully recovered from the concussion he suffered in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final in June.
He says that although he hasn’t skated this summer, he’s been working out hard and not feeling any symptoms that were the result of head injury inflicted by a high hit from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, who was in turn suspended for the rest of the series by the NHL.
Horton was on hand to play in Milan Lucic’s charity softball game tonight at LeLacheur Park. When asked if he’d heard from Rome since the incident, Horton confirmed he had. But he also didn’t sound all that forgiving of the blueliner, and kind of set up a decent grudge match for the Jan. 7 Bruins-Canucks showdown.
“Just through a text message I heard [from him], but I mean, I wouldn’t be throwing a text message someone’s way, you know?” Horton said. “I’d have a little more respect to try to make a phone call.”
Well, if Rome is still in the NHL by midseason, there won’t be a need for a text or a call because Horton and Rome will get a chance to line up opposite one another for the first time since the hit. Don’t be surprised if Horton pretends Rome is Dion Phaneuf and goes after the Canucks backliner.