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Nathan Horton ready to start camp

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  August 24, 2011 06:53 PM

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LOWELL – A handful of Bruins are at LeLacheur Stadium for Milan Lucic’s second annual Rock & Jock Softball Game. Making the rounds are Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Shawn Thornton, and Daniel Paille.

Horton, knocked out by Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, said he’s symptom-free and working out. Horton has not skated but said he’ll be ready for the start of camp, which opens Sept. 16.

As usual, Horton was all smiles. But when asked whether Rome had contacted him after the wallop, Horton was quick to dismiss the defenseman’s method of communication: text.

“If it was me, I wouldn’t have thrown a text message someone’s way,” Horton said. “I’d have a little bit more respect to actually make a phone call.”

* Rask, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the season, said he was sidelined for approximately 4-5 weeks. Rask since has resumed workouts and might be getting on the ice next week. He said he’ll be ready for the start of camp.

* Lucic said he’s breathing normally after undergoing surgery on his nose. Lucic said he played most of last year while having trouble breathing out of his right nostril. The left wing acknowledged his right big toe, fractured by an errant Tyler Seguin shot in the Eastern Conference final, is still hurting. Lucic did not have surgery on his toe.

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