Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton is unlikely to join the defending Stanley Cup champions for the playoffs, according to reports.
Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters it's a "longshot" that Horton returns for the playoffs after missing the last 36 games because of a second concussion in seven months.
Horton was originally injured in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs when the Canucks' Aaron Rome leveled him with a cheap shot at the blue line. Horton missed the rest of the finals, but also served as inspiration to the Bruins who won the title in seven games.
Horton has been skating on his own. Chiarelli said Sunday on a conference call that Horton was still "far off."
Boston has other injury concerns, too. Defensemen Johnny Boychuk (knee) and Adam McQuaid (eye) are day-to-day, but are expected to participate in the first round against Washington.