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Horton cleared for contact, expected to be ready for camp

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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens on January 12, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Nathan Horton has been cleared for contact by Bruins medical staff, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said today.

Chiarelli passed along the good news at a press conference for head coach Claude Julien, the recent recipient of a multi-year contract extension.

It’s expected Horton will be ready for training camp. The 27-year-old winger missed the last 36 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs with his second concussion in less than a year.

A healthy Horton reduces the need for Chiarelli to go out and acquire a top-six forward.

The question now is whether Horton can remain healthy.