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An article from Columbus reports that the former Bruin playoff hero is stuck in an awful situation

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As if last night's game wasn't bad enough for Bruins fans, a report out of Columbus made things even more sad: Nathan Horton is in a really, really bad spot.

column in the Columbus Dispatch written by the excellent CBJ beatwriter Aaron Portzline detailed the harrowing, painful struggle Horton has been facing since a seemingly random back injury cropped up a few months back.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dispatch: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBJ?src=hash">#CBJ</a> Nathan Horton stuck a living hell, facing a torturous decision <a href="http://t.co/t62imAXNXf">http://t.co/t62imAXNXf</a></p>&mdash; Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) <a href="https://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/532738210980708352">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Portzline reports that Horton is "in near constant pain," and the quotes from Horton himself are awful. The worst one:

"I can’t stand up like a normal person...I can’t run. I can’t play with my kids. I can’t sleep at night. I try to lay down and my back seizes up and I can’t move, so sleeping is out. I’m like a zombie in the daytime."

Portzline did a great job on the gut-wrenching column, so go give it a read over on the Dispatch's website. A veteran reporter, even Portzline himself found the story difficult to write.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rule of the trade: don&#39;t get caught up in those you cover. But that Horton piece was not easy to write. Really feel for him and family.</p>&mdash; Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) <a href="https://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/532740687490711552">November 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Bruins fans couldn't help but hope that the recent reports of Horton's career being in danger were overblown, but this column makes it seem more imminent than probable. One can't blame Horton for wanting to keep a sliver of his hockey dream alive, but a guy his age should consider his health, comfort and family first.

Get better, Nathan Horton. Here's to the happier hockey times.

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