Jackets lose Horton for Tuesday’s big tilt vs. Avs, ‘and possibly beyond’


Fighting for their playoff lives, the Columbus Blue Jackets were dealt a big blow today as Nathan Horton was ruled out of Tuesday’s game against Colorado — with no guarantee he’d be back for Thursday’s tilt in Philly:

Horton has four goals and 17 points in 34 games for Columbus this season, often playing on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner. The former Bruin and Panther started brightly in Columbus, scoring 12 points in his first 20 games, but has slowed down lately and is goalless in 24 straight (with just one point in his last six games.)

Desperate to get back into the postseason for the first time since 2009, the Jackets aren’t messing around when it comes to icing the best team available. In addition to parking Horton during an especially crucial time, the club has also made struggling veteran forward R.J. Umberger a healthy scratch on a few occasions.

Columbus heads into Monday’s action holding the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but just one point up on Washington and two on Toronto.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”

Yes! Jagr’s bringing back the mullet

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The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.

According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.

“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.

Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.

Anyway, this is fantastic.