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The Latest Health News On Nathan Horton

01/31/2015 at 7:53am EST

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It’s way too early to say if Nathan Horton is on the road to a full recovery from his debilitating back condition, the Blue Jackets cautioned.

But Horton’s presence at the morning skate on Thursday and his general outlook and attitude when he lunched with members of the front office this week have raised optimism that his career might not be finished.

Horton did not speak to the media on Thursday, and his agent, Paul Krepelka, said all comments on his situation would come through the Blue Jackets. President of hockey operations John Davidson said Horton had a “little light in his eye” when they had lunch with general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.

“There’s been some progress there. He is feeling a little better,” Davidson said. “I don’t know what that means in the big picture, but he’s better now than he was earlier this season. His whole attitude was different — better — than the last time we saw him.”

Coach Todd Richards chatted only briefly with Horton on Thursday, he said.

“In my heart, I’ve always believed he’s going to play again,” Richards said. “I still feel that way.”

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