NHL notes: Horton 'will be ready'
|Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton (R) will be good to go at the start of 2012 training camp after a concussion kept him out of 36 games and last year's NHL playoffs. (REUTERS)
Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton, who missed the last 36 games of the regular season and the entire playoffs due to a concussion, will be good to go when the team opens training camp.
"By all accounts from our medical staff, he'll be ready to play when it comes time to play," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said at a press conference Tuesday to announce coach Claude Julien's contract extension.
Horton was concussed when he was hit by Philadelphia Flyers forward Tom Sestito in January. He had 17 goals and 15 assists in 46 games before getting hurt.
Chiarelli also said concussed defenceman Adam McQuaid has been "completely cleared" and Tyler Seguin, who had finger surgery, isn't healthy yet.
HARRISON SIGNS ON
Once an afterthought for the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenceman Jay Harrison seems to have found a home with the Carolina Hurricanes.
On Tuesday, Harrison signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract extension with the Hurricanes that runs through the 2015-16 season. He'll be paid $1.5 million per season starting in 2013.
"Jay has developed into a consistent, steadying presence for our defense," Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He is capable of providing both physicality and offense, and we are happy to now have him under contract for the next four seasons."
A former third-round pick of the Leafs, Harrison has played 182 of his 202 career NHL games with the Hurricanes. He had nine goals and 14 assists in 72 games last season.
The Hurricanes also signed forward Zach Boychuk to a one-year contract. Boychuk, drafted 14th overall in 2008, had two assists in 16 games for the Hurricanes last season, and scored 21 goals in 64 games with Charlotte of the AHL.
PREDS SIGN WILSON, TOO
In addition to matching Shea Weber's offer sheet Tuesday, the Nashville Predators found time to sign restricted free agent forward Colin Wilson to a three-year, $6 million contract.
According to the Predators, Wilson will make $1.5 million in 2012-13, $2 million in '13-14 and $2.5 million in '14-15.
Wilson had career highs in assists (20) and points (35) last season, while chipping in with 15 goals in 68 games. The 22-year-old from Greenwich, Conn., is going into his fourth NHL season.
JACKETS INK TOP PICK
A day after Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, the first and third pick in last month's NHL draft, signed entry-level contracts, defenceman Ryan Murray followed suit.
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Murray, the second overall pick, to a three-year, entry-level deal on Tuesday.
Murray, 18, had nine goals and 22 assists in 46 games with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL in an injury-shortened 2011-12 season. He also played for Canada at the world junior championship and the world championship.
Former NHL coach of the year Ted Nolan had his contract with the Latvian Hockey Federation extended through the 2012-13 season. If Latvia qualifies for the 2014 Olympics, Nolan's deal with will carry over until May of that year ... The Toronto Maple Leafs signed minor leaguers Keith Aucoin and Simon Gysbers to one-year contracts. Aucoin split last season between Washington and Hershey of the AHL while Gysbers played 68 games with Toronto of the AHL.