Morning Free Association: 17-46-18

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Yesterday on Twitter, Milan Lucic posted a picture with a long lost and recently found former teammate.

Yes, that is Nathan Horton. After being traded from Florida to Boston after playing 6 seasons without going to the playoffs, Horton became a key piece too the Bruins making it to and through the playoffs, eventually winning the Stanley Cup in his first year with the team. Even after being knocked out of the SCF in game 3 after Aaron Rome threw his shoulder forcefully into his chin, Horton still rallied the team in Game 7 in Vancouver by pouring melted ice shavings from Boston on the ice, declaring it home ice.

After having his agent declare that Horton wouldn’t resign in Boston after the 2012-2013 season, he signed a 7-year deal with an AAV of $5.3 million with Columbus. Horton only played 36 games for the Blue Jackets before his back injury prevented him from playing.

When we last heard about Nathan Horton, he was suffering through a degenerative back injury that was so debilitating that everyday tasks like walking, sleeping, getting in and out of a car, or even picking something up was too difficult to perform, never mind playing a physical game like hockey. In an article from 2014, Horton revealed that he had to choose between getting a spinal fusion surgery which would improve his daily life but end his NHL career or hoping the pain would resolve enough that he could play hockey again. Judging by how he looks, he may have decided upon the surgery.

Of course, Horton wasn’t the only former teammate that Looch met up with in the undisclosed location. David Krejci, freshly on his bye week, was there as well!

wow, Krech looks tired. Anyway, the three amigos are undoubtedly having a good reunion, hopefully in a place that is warmer than here.

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Morning all. Horton looks a little like McQuaid in the last pic, Also obligatory “fuck you Aaron Rome.” Was at that game and never heard a place so quiet. But then it got really really loud when they scored ALL THE GOALS!!

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And Looch, you need to ditch the blonde. Not even Bergy could pull that off.

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Holy crap that is so bad. He and Zac Rinaldo did the blonding together. Ick.

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Hi folks. And of course Horton played a role in the NHL Game of the Decade (aka the game I went to bed five minutes into the third period…)

What’s going on with Looch’s camera that makes everyone look like a cardboard cutout? I know photos are 2D, but these are VERY 2D!